New multi-year $ 10 million investment in Detkin family’s Humane Society Silicon Valley

Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin

The HSSV Waggin ‘welfare

HSSV veterinary staff with puppies

Gift to launch Wellness Waggin ‘and provide mobile veterinary care to animals, families and other shelters in the area

We want HSSV to ensure that families with pets, regardless of their economic means, can keep their pets healthy and receive the veterinary care they need to thrive.

– Peter Detkin

MILPITAS, CA, USA, October 19, 2021 / – Today, Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) announced that it has received a multi-year investment of $ 10 million from Michelle Oates Detkin and Peter Detkin to expand access to veterinary care, in particular for families affected by economic challenges. This is the largest financial commitment that has been made to HSSV since its founding in 1929.

With this main donation, HSSV will launch the Wellness Waggin ‘- a mobile veterinary clinic. The Wellness Waggin ‘will allow HSSV to provide low-cost, no-cost veterinary care, prioritizing local Silicon Valley communities that house families with the least financial resources. HSSV plans to seek additional funds to maintain this program for decades to come.

Michelle Oates Detkin said, “We want to help people through their pets, 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. Fairness requires of us as a community that families, regardless of income, are given the opportunity to experience the value that having a pet in their home can bring.

HSSV will rename its Animal Community Center in honor of the Detkins. New signage has been installed on the building and HSSV will officially unveil the Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Animal Community Center at a community event celebrating the launch of the Wellness Waggin ‘, the expansion of HSSV’s access to care programs and regional rescue programs in November. .

Peter Detkin added, “Bringing a pet into a house makes an entire family. We want to make and keep more whole families in this region. We also want HSSV to ensure that families or individuals with pets, regardless of their economic means, can keep their animals healthy and receive the veterinary care they need to thrive so that they can stay at home with people who already love them.

Michelle Oates Detkin is a retired lawyer who worked in real estate and commercial law at Intel. Peter Detkin is the founder of Intellectual Ventures and Managing Director of Sherpa Technology Group. He was previously Deputy Legal Counsel at Intel, and prior to that he was a partner at Wilson Sonsini law firm. He has been a member of the HSSV Board of Directors since 2016. The couple have two grown children and reside in Los Altos Hills with their teenage son. Their family includes their adopted dog Chloe (an HSSV alum) and three cats including Joey and Danica (HSSV alums) and Blake.

HSSV is the first model shelter in the country to meet the 543 standard of care guidelines offered by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and currently operates to a standard that few shelters can provide. In addition, the refuge provides a resource for the region to prioritize animal rescue. The newly appointed community center will continue to provide extensive medical support, adoption services, a spay / neuter program and leadership to eliminate euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals.

HSSV President Kurt Krukenberg added: “Across the community, families and individuals face unprecedented economic, social and emotional challenges. Pets provide a unique avenue for promoting equality and fairness in everyday life. Our common efforts help make and keep families – humans and their animals – whole. “

When asked what it meant to have their name on the new Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Animal Community Center in Milpitas, Michelle Oates Detkin added, “We have accepted the honor of having our name on the building in the hope that this would inspire others to get involved. Our dream is that having a name on this building will make it a more personal, more accessible and more welcoming center for the community. The joy of owning a pet should be available to anyone who wants to welcome a pet into their home.

About Humane Society Silicon Valley: Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that has served people and pets for over 90 years. In 2017, HSSV became the first organization to achieve model shelter status under guidelines from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. As an independent, non-profit organization, HSSV does not receive funding from the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, or any federal and state government entities. HSSV offers quality adoptions, affordable sterilizations / neuterings, vaccinations, microchipping services, pet care services and education programs to strengthen the human-animal bond. Founded in 1929, HSSV has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent and loving homes. Animal welfare is their top priority and their mission is to save and improve lives. For more information, visit

About Kurt: Kurt Krukenberg joined Humane Society Silicon Valley as President in January 2020 after previously serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of HSSV. He is thrilled to lead a talented and passionate team that advances the cause of animal welfare at local, regional and national levels through shelter medicine, scalable rescue partnerships, effective homeless animal prevention strategies and innovative community engagement programs.

Prior to HSSV, Kurt spent 20 years helping businesses create sustainable growth in a variety of operational and advisory roles. As an executive coach, he has worked with leaders of businesses and nonprofits to design effective organizations, build successful teams, and develop their own leadership skills. As a management consultant at Oliver Wyman, Kurt has led assignments for Fortune 500 clients in media, technology, healthcare and life sciences. He also has extensive cross-functional marketing, sales and product development experience at leading technology companies including HP / Agilent and Tektronix.

Kurt received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. Kurt is eternally grateful to have been saved by his wife Charu and their dogs, including Cooper, a pittie / chihuahua mix and proud HSSV alum. For more information, visit

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