Humane Society Silicon Valley has a new name for its Animal Community Center in Milpitas and funding for its new mobile veterinary clinic.
The center was renamed in honor of Michelle Oates Detkin and Peter Detkin, whose multi-year investment of $ 10 million will launch the Wellness Waggin ‘to enable the Humane Society to provide low-cost, no-cost veterinary care to low income residents. The mobile clinic is expected to be deployed in November and the Humane Society plans to seek additional funds to keep the program on the road.
Next month will also mark the official unveiling of the Peter Detkin and Michelle Oates Detkin Animal Community Center at a community event. In addition to their three children, the couple, who live in Los Altos Hills, have a dog and two cats they adopted from the Humane Society.
Michelle Oates Detkin said investing in Wellness Waggin ‘is about pets and people – the human-animal bond – and about preserving the relationships that support people, especially now, with such an uncertain future. for many.
“Fairness requires of us as a community that families, regardless of their income, are given the opportunity to experience the value that having a pet in their home can bring,” the lawyer told retirement in a press release.
Her husband, managing director of the Sherpa Technology Group and a member of the board of directors of the Humane Society, agreed.
“Bringing a pet into a house makes a whole family,” said Peter Detkin, adding that the Wellness Waggin ‘will help “ensure that families or individuals with pets, regardless of their economic means, can keep their pets. animals and receive the veterinary care they need. ”
Asked about the name of the Animal Community Center for her and her husband, Michelle Oates Detkin said, “We have accepted the honor of having our name on the building in the hope that it would inspire others to get involved.
“Our dream is that having a name on this building will make it a more personal, accessible and welcoming center for the community.