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OBITUARY OF THOMAS A KRALL, DVM
Krall, Thomas A. DVM, suddenly was called to Heaven on the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2021, while tending to his normal daily “self assigned” yard routine in Seminole, Florida. Tom and Barbara (nee Muehlenhard) were married for over 46 years. He was a forever devoted and loving father to Erin and Christopher. Caring brother to Mary (Walt) Krekel, Regina (Ken) Kohl and Teresa (Keith) Brown; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents Joseph P. and Regina (nee Thomas), brothers: Paul M; Joseph P. Jr; and Kevin J. Tom was born third oldest son on March 27, 1949. He grew up in the small northern town of Avon, Ohio. He attended St. Mary’s through eighth grade. He valued a long-lasting friendship with many of his fellow classmates. He will be fondly remembered and toasted by The Shagsters Society of Hacking Amateur Golfers, of which he annually attended for thirty-three years. As well, Tom played high school football and ran track at Avon High. He attended The Ohio State University (O-H-I-O) and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1974. Upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force as a Captain and the Base Veterinarian at then Plattsburgh AFB, New York. Both small animal medicine and St. Petersburg College (SPC) brought he and Barb to Florida. For forty-three years Tom was a professor in the Veterinary Technology Department at SPC. He was awarded Professor Emeritus upon retirement in July, 2019. In the fall of 1977, he along with fellow OSU classmate, David Tollon, built and opened Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Seminole, Florida, where he worked for over twenty-five years. The above is somewhat the sequential life of Tom Krall. He managed to live a great and full life with his family and friends. He was the anchor for his family, a person who impressed upon all to “seek the positive” and created the best life he could offer. Hard work and exercise was his friend. He completed fifteen marathons and once ran a relay across the State of Florida. When his knees ached he turned to bicycling. He always enjoyed a fun game of golf with his buddies. Although not a great fisherman, he sometimes threw a line into the Gulf and snorkeled at Egmont Key with his family. He was also a great researcher, always thirsty for more knowledge. He never stopped studying one thing or another, read all night, enjoyed baking and mastered his margarita recipe, as well as his grill. Tom maintained a daily routine that ran like clockwork. More recently, early mornings he’d reach out to his family, but preferred to be available for business conversations at 11am, five days a week. Most days by 1pm you might find Tom at the gym, at his garage workbench, running errands or outdoors perfecting his green thumb. He seldom clocked himself out before 5pm and often swam until after 6pm. He built a lifetime of memories with his family and friends whom he cherished so much. His Book of Life will be shared, the baton has been passed. We cannot drop it or we will lose everything created by a great man, husband, dad, brother and friend. He has instilled into us the importance of faith, honesty, love and respect. Our boat is rocky, our anchor has become our angel. Someday the waters will clear, the tides will change, our boat will again set sail. Our angel will always be with us. We must forever seek the positive and cherish the memories because life on earth is much too short. Tom always lived life to the fullest. He will forever be in our hearts, his memories will never fade, and his legacy will last forever. Visitation at the funeral home will be Saturday, May 15, 2021 starting at 11 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 1 pm. Interment at the Bay Pines National Cemetery will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in Tom’s name or to The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund. Link and mailing address found on donation tab. To give in the mail: “Pay to the order of” –The Ohio State University Foundation Memo line – IMO Dr. Thomas Krall Mail to: OSU College of Vet Med Attn: Tiffany Connors 1900 Coffey Rd Columbus, OH 43210
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Pinellas County School Board Chairperson Carol Cook checking out “Winter” with a student on hand.
The entire high school program was paid for by the Jacobson Foundation, $4,612,268, and made possible by the efforts of The Pinellas Education Foundation facilitated by Foundation Director Mr. Bob McIntyre. A great thank you from the PCVMA, PAF and all the veterinary community!
Posted in Latest Pinellas County Veterinary News
The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is dedicated to reducing the rate of euthanasia in Pinellas County. Neonatal kittens are a particularly vulnerable population with more than 2,000 euthanized in Pinellas last year due to lack of resources. HSP is seeking the public’s partnership to drastically reduce this number through our Kitten Crusaders Program. Together, with the help of veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, shelter/rescue partners, and citizen foster homes, we can provide loving care to kittens in need. There are many ways to be a part of the solution! Please contact Amanda Audia, HSP’s Director of Operations at AmandaA@HumanePinellas.org to join the Crusade to save these precious animals and make a positive impact in our community!
Dr. Brenton Gallas
Humane Society of Pinellas
Pinellas County Animal Services News
In the past year, we’ve adopted out more than 1,700 cats and dogs, and we’re thankful for all the families who decided to make one of these pets a member of their family.
As COVID-19 regulations are loosened and residents return to work, we recognize that many of them may be struggling to adjust their pet’s routines around their new lifestyle. We want to help make this period of transition as easy as possible, and we’re here to provide the guidance and resources needed to do so.
Guidance from the American Veterinary Medical Association
Slowly introduce workday routines to ease your pet’s anxiety.
Give your pet plenty of exercise; keep them engaged.
Recognize signs of stress.
Speak with your veterinarian.
Full guidance from the AVMA can be found here.
If during this time you’ve discovered that you can’t leave your pet at home, you can consider one of Pinellas County’s numerous businesses offering pet care services such as training, daycare and boarding. If you need help finding these resources, we’re here to help. Call us at (727) 582-2600.
Also, Animal Services and many of our welfare partners, including the Humane Society of Pinellas, offer pet food pantries for those facing financial hardships. Our food pantry is based on an honor system, and you can get two bags of food at one time.
There is no shame in needing or asking for help, and we encourage you to reach out to us if you are ever in need of guidance or resources for your pet. We’re here to help, and we look forward to working with you.
Visit our website at www.pinellascounty.org/animalservices for our updated hours and additional information
Doug Brightwell, MBA, CAWA
Pinellas County Animal Services
12450 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL 33774
SPCA Tampa Bay
Back to Business
We continue to review our response to the pandemic based on a variety of factors including CDC guidelines, local and state orders, local positivity rates and surrounding business practices. On June 15, we updated our protocols on the Largo campus. Staff, volunteers and customers are no longer required to wear masks when inside buildings unless they are working in close proximity to one or more people for more than 10 minutes. All other protocols remain in like social distancing, having masks available and keeping our facility clean.
On the St Pete Veterinary Center campus, the team continue its gradual shift back to having customers in the building. Curbside service will be available to those customers who request it, and the campus opened to the public on Monday, June 21. Masks are required for staff, volunteers and customers when inside the building.
Pick up a Pocket Pet
SPCA Tampa Bay had an unusual spike in little critters last June. From June 23-30 we offered pockets pets with no adoption fee. Congratulations to the 83 pets that found a new home. (47 of them were part of our adoption event!) Adopted pets as of June 27 included 20 cats, two chickens, nine dogs, 15 rabbits, four ducks, one ferret, 14 guinea pigs, one parakeet, 16 rats and one tortoise!
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SPCA Tampa Bay