Giving Back

Helping organizations that make Calgary a better place to live.

clevercanines has always known that giving back to the community that has allowed us to thrive since 2005, is an important part of our business.  Annually we donate more than $10,000 in cash and services to various charities and causes within our community.  We can’t do everything were asked to, but we always do as much as we can, below are a few of the organizations we helped over the last few years.


3 members of the Calgary Rehabilitation Society, where Clever Canines provides a home cooked Christmas dinner every year

Hurricane Katrina

One of the first acts of charity undertaken by our Founder Tracie Nielson was in the fall of 2005, she went with a team down to New Orleans to help with animal rescues in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The team spent two weeks camped outside of the city making daily trips into what was left of the city to round up and rescue the dogs that residents were forced to leave behind during the evacuation. Each night at camp they would help various rescue organizations with behaviour assents and train volunteer show to deal with timid and scared dogs.

Rehabilitation Society of Calgary

Since 2005 Clever canines has been supporting the Calgary Rehabilitation society put on their premier event Christmas dinner! Each year clever Canines purchases, prepares and serves the food for the Re-Hab society’s Christmas dinner for just about 200 people. Our team donates their time and love to help this deserving group have a wonderful Christmas dinner and at the same time raise some money for their yearly operations through ticket sales to this sponsored dinner. The smiles we get are all the thanks we need.

Connaught Off Leash park

clevercanines sponsored a six week free training program throughout the summer of 2018 to support the re-opening of the new off leash park at Connaught Park. This was Calgary’s first urban specific dog park. This program was designed to give park users and community members the chance to ask questions and learn about what behaviours are appropriate at an urban off leash area. and how to have a safe respectful place to have fun with their dogs.

Thank you so much for all the time, thought, money, and energy that you put into getting these gifts for my family.  it is so appreciated.  This Christmas is definatley one to remember because of you.

Recepient of our 2019 adopted family through Closer To Home

A++ for this Dog Training Company!

I had heard about Clever Canines and reached out to see if they could help us set up our park for safety and fun experiences for all users.  Clever Canines drafted up a training plan for the park.  Their trainer volunteered their time to come to the park once a week for eight weeks and spent an hour or so with the participants and their dogs.  The trainer was very knowledgeable and professional.

Based on our experiences, I highly recommend Clever Canines.  It is worth every minute you spend with them.

Bonnie, Connaught Off-Leash Park Leadership Team

Dear Friends at CleverCanines,
Thank you for your involvment in Closer to Home’s Adopt-A-Family campaign. Thanks to your support, 1511 peole were given the chance to have magical holiday season.  Thank you for caring and supporting your community!

Karen, Chief Executive Officer
Closer To Home Community Services

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Tracie and friends at Clever Canines… your gifts will relieve the stress of the holidays for a struggling family in our community.  Because of you, children’s eyes will light up on Christmas morning as they unwrap a gift they’ve been wishing for.  Because of you, this family will know they are not alone – that someone in their community cares about them.

Karen, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer, Fund Development Manager
Closer To Home Community Services

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