Humane Society Silicon Valley last week received a $10 million multiyear investment from Los Altos Hills residents Michelle Oates Detkin and Peter Detkin to expand access to veterinary care, especially for families impacted by economic challenges. The gift is the largest financial commitment that has been made to HSSV since its founding in 1929.
With the lead gift, HSSV officials are set to launch the Wellness Waggin’ – a mobile veterinary clinic. The Wellness Waggin’ will allow HSSV to provide low- and no-cost veterinary care. HSSV plans to seek additional funding to maintain the program over the long-term.
“We want to help people through their pets, by keeping families together,” Michelle Oates Detkin said. “It’s about pets and people – the human-animal bond – and about preserving relationships that sustain people, particularly now, with the future so uncertain for many. Equity demands of us as a community that families, regardless of income, are offered the opportunity to experience the value that having a pet in their home can bring.”
HSSV will rename its Animal Community Center in Milpitas in the Detkins’ honor. New signage has been installed on the building, and HSSV will formally unveil the Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Animal Community Center at an event in November celebrating the launch of the Wellness Waggin’, expansion of HSSV’s Access to Care programs and Regional Rescue programs.
“Bringing a pet into a home makes a family whole,” added Peter Detkin. “We want to make and keep more families whole across this region. We also want HSSV to ensure that families or individuals with pets, regardless of economic means, can keep their pets healthy and receive the veterinary care they need to thrive so they can stay in the home with people who already love them.”
Michelle is a retired attorney who worked in real estate law and in commercial law at Intel Corp. Peter is founder of Intellectual Ventures and a managing director at Sherpa Technology Group. The couple have two adult children and a teenage son. Their family includes their adopted dog Chloe (an HSSV alum) and three cats – Joey, Danica (HSSV alums) and Blake.
For more information, visit HSSV.org.