Rising Sun group works to help rescued animals
— 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
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.