Couple Makes $ 10 Million Multi-Year Financial Investment in Humane Society Silicon Valley
An announcement from Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) revealed that the organization has received new investment from Michelle Oates Detkin and Peter Detkin. The investment, which will amount to $ 10 million over several years, will increase the ability of families to access veterinary care.
HSSV, located at 901 Ames Avenue in Milpitas, was established in 1929. The Detkins’ financial investment is the largest the animal shelter has received since its inception over 90 years ago. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the refuge is deeply committed to animal welfare and works to deepen the human-animal connection. In 2017, HSSV became the first “Model shelter” in the country, following the 543 guidelines of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.
The $ 10 million funding will come in the form of a mobile veterinary clinic called The Wellness Waggin ‘, which will deliver veterinary care at little or no cost, especially to families facing economic challenges.
Meanwhile, the HSSV Community Animal Center will be renamed the Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Community Animal Center (the unveiling of the new signage will take place at a public event in November).
Peter Detkin has served on the board of directors of HSSV since 2016. Founder of Intellectual Ventures, he is also Managing Director of Sherpa Technology Group. Michelle Oates Detkin has worked as a lawyer in real estate and commercial law. The Detkins both worked for Intel. They are the parents of three children and the owners of a variety of pets, including former HSSV students.
Michelle Oates Detkin said in a press release, “We want to help people through their pets, by keeping families together. It’s about pets and people – the human-animal bond and maintaining the relationships that support people – especially now, with the future so uncertain for many. “