Ris­ing Sun group works to help res­cued an­i­mals

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— Some­day, Crys­tal Romine wants to own a re­sort where fam­i­lies will come to va­ca­tion but also to find a new pet.

“Fam­i­lies can come out and see all the an­i­mals up for adop­tion ... have a pet stay with them in their room,” Romine said. “I’m work­ing on that. Even­tu­ally it’s go­ing to get there.”

For now how­ever, Romine is focu­ing on her work with Eden Rescue and Re­hab, which has a room full of kit­tens and cats in need of for­ever homes. Twenty- five fe­lines from five weeks old to adults oc­cupy a room in Queen Street Pets. Queen Street Pets makes the space avail­able to the or­ga­ni­za­tion be­cause the busi­ness is like- minded in that it also takes in un­wanted pets and finds them new homes.

Eden Re­hab and Rescue started as a dog pro­gram, Romine said Sunday. She learns about pet own­ers whose in­come pre­vents them from meet­ing crit­i­cal med­i­cal needs for their pet, or who have suf­fered a loss that re­quires their liv­ing sit­u­a­tion to change.

“The goal with Eden is to keep the pet with the owner,” Romine said.

Those that meet the in­come guide­lines can get an­i­mals vet­ted and medicine pur­chased through

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Eden Re­hab and Rescue if the funds are avail­able.

A fundraiser held Saturday at Queen Street Pets did boost Eden’s cof­fers and a quar­ter auc­tion is planned for Fe­bru­ary.

As Romine en­tered the cat room, she was met with a ca­co­phany of me­ows and hiss­ing. The youngest are still bot­tle fed. A pair of Maine coon cats hid be­hind a cat condo. In­side one of the few cages in the room was a feral cat, which Romine said was slowly get­ting used to hu­man con­tact.

“A lot of these are drop offs,” she ex­plained.

Point­ing to a mar­malade and white kit­ten, Romine said it was found in­side a dump­ster.

She works with var­i­ous an­i­mal wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the Har­ford County Hu­mane So­ci­ety and Ch­e­sa­peake Fe­line As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Help­ing Hands in Lan­caster helps me with spay­ing and neu­ter­ing. All Crea­tures Vet­eri­nary Service vets the an­i­mals,” Romine said.

Romine is look­ing for foster fam­i­lies as well as adop­tive fam­i­lies. Like any non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, she also needs com­mu­nity sup­port in the way of vol­un­teers and do­na­tions of cash and sup­plies.

To learn more about Eden Re­hab and Rescue find its Face­book page or check out their web­site at www. edenrr. com Crys­tal Romine, who op­er­ates Eden Re­hab and Rescue, has sev­eral of the 25 kit­tens and cats in her care vy­ing for at­ten­tion.

This is one of sev­eral adult Maine coon cats that Eden Re­hab and Rescue would like to place in for­ever homes. The group has a kit­ten and cat room in­side Queen Street Pets in Ris­ing Sun.

CE­CIL WHIG PHO­TOS BY JANE BELLMYER

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