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Feline adopted from Rifle Animal Shelter enjoys paddle boarding, bike riding and skiing

Adventure cat Liebchen sits quite for a photo on the Rio Grande Trail south of Glenwood Springs.
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Liebchen is contrary to most rescue cats.

When this younger orange tabby adopted from the Rifle Animal Shelter is not cat napping in his favorite bed, he’s off having fun with outdoor adventures with his mom and dad, Aspen citizens Erin Geldermans and Dan Schreck.

“He’s certainly like a little pet/human/cat hybrid,” Geldermans joked of Liebchen. “He’s type of our ruler, far too. He completely owns us. He fully rescued us.”



No matter whether it’s paddle boarding, biking or clinging onto his foster parents’ shoulders when they ski Aspen Mountain, Liebchen is turning into Roaring Fork Valley’s unofficial experience cat.

Geldermans mentioned 4 Mountains basically built Liebchen a ski move for the earlier two ski seasons.



“It’s like a typical ski move,” she stated. “It just has his minor face on it.”

September 2020 was the to start with time Geldermans and Schreck felt Liebchen’s purrs reverberate in their arms. They had just signed the adoption papers, and the 10-month aged kitten’s demeanor was more calm than relieved, Geldermans claimed.

Minimal did the new Aspen foster mom and dad know the Rifle Animal Shelter averages about 1,400 adoptions for every 12 months, and of that bunch, Liebchen would flip out to be a feline anomaly.

Rifle Animal Shelter Government Director Heather Grant referred to Liebchen as “not your each individual-working day adoption.”

“Every working day we uncover fantastic residences, and our animals get adopted,” she stated. “But this is a really particular adoption. This cat is performing abnormal cat factors.”

“It’s enjoyable to see that a homeless animal can have these an wonderful residence and life.”

Liebchen is the offspring of a stray cat, Geldermans claimed. His mom, Wren, was initial taken in by an additional foster mother, and the stray cat inevitably finished up birthing a litter of kittens. 1 of those kittens was Liebchen.

At the time, Geldermans was in the method of acquiring a cat. She stated she experienced normally dreamed of owning her individual cat because her loved ones growing up was allergic to felines.

Experience cat Liebchen goes for a fast hike around the Roaring Fork River on Tuesday afternoon.
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When Rifle Animal Shelter took in the litter and posted a photograph on line of Liebchen, it instantly snagged Geldermans’ attention.

“There’s one thing about him,” she reported. “I can just sense it.”

Geldermans also said she wished to assist an adoption company rather than buy a cat from a non-public supply. 1 purpose currently being there are at the very least 2 million pets euthanized each 12 months in the United States because they are not adopted, she mentioned.

Though the Rifle Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter, Geldermans said it is much better to donate to an adoption company and get “a really great cat.”

“I feel they just are chill, they are resilient, they could have been through a great deal,” she reported of adopted animals. “That truly can make them actually magnificent companions.”

Now, Liebchen is an keen, outside enthusiast. The cat, named just after a German expression of endearment, typically stares out the window and meows if he needs to go on yet another experience.

In addition to Aspen Mountain, Liebchen’s travels contain mountaineering at Maroon Bells, riding up gondolas at Telluride and strolling the Rio Grande Trail.

“Sometimes, he doesn’t want to go out with us,” Geldermans mentioned. “Usually, he’ll operate to the door because he desires to go out. But, often, he will just go and change his back to us and go sit in his bed.”

Liebchen enjoys a gondola experience in Telluride.
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Reporter Ray K. Erku can be arrived at at 612-423-5273 or [email protected]