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

Journey cat Liebchen sits quite for a photograph on the Rio Grande Trail south of Glenwood Springs.
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Liebchen is in contrast to most rescue cats.

When this younger orange tabby adopted from the Rifle Animal Shelter isn’t cat napping in his favorite bed, he’s off taking pleasure in outdoor adventures with his dad and mom, Aspen residents Erin Geldermans and Dan Schreck.

“He’s genuinely like a little pet dog/human/cat hybrid,” Geldermans joked of Liebchen. “He’s variety of our ruler, way too. He completely owns us. He fully rescued us.”



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 stated 4 Mountains basically made Liebchen a ski go for the earlier two ski seasons.



“It’s like a ordinary ski go,” she explained. “It just has his minimal facial area on it.”

September 2020 was the initial 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 extra relaxed than relieved, Geldermans said.

Minimal did the new Aspen foster mothers and fathers know the Rifle Animal Shelter averages about 1,400 adoptions for every calendar year, and of that bunch, Liebchen would transform out to be a feline anomaly.

Rifle Animal Shelter Govt Director Heather Grant referred to Liebchen as “not your just about every-working day adoption.”

“Every working day we discover excellent houses, and our animals get adopted,” she explained. “But this is a quite specific adoption. This cat is performing unconventional cat items.”

“It’s interesting to see that a homeless animal can have these an remarkable home and lifetime.”

Liebchen is the offspring of a stray cat, Geldermans said. His mom, Wren, was very first taken in by an additional foster mom, and the stray cat eventually ended up birthing a litter of kittens. A single of those kittens was Liebchen.

At the time, Geldermans was in the procedure of locating a cat. She reported she had usually dreamed of acquiring her own cat considering that her family growing up was allergic to felines.

Journey cat Liebchen goes for a brief hike in close proximity to the Roaring Fork River on Tuesday afternoon.
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When Rifle Animal Shelter took in the litter and posted a picture online of Liebchen, it immediately snagged Geldermans’ consideration.

“There’s anything about him,” she stated. “I can just really feel it.”

Geldermans also claimed she wished to aid an adoption agency rather than buy a cat from a non-public resource. One rationale being there are at minimum 2 million pets euthanized each and every year in the United States since they are not adopted, she reported.

Even though the Rifle Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter, Geldermans stated it’s improved to donate to an adoption company and get “a seriously amazing cat.”

“I imagine they just are chill, they are resilient, they could have been by way of a whole lot,” she said of adopted animals. “That actually can make them really great companions.”

Now, Liebchen is an keen, out of doors enthusiast. The cat, named immediately after a German time period of endearment, ordinarily stares out the window and meows if he desires to go on another journey.

Moreover Aspen Mountain, Liebchen’s travels include things like climbing at Maroon Bells, using up gondolas at Telluride and strolling the Rio Grande Trail.

“Sometimes, he does not want to go out with us,” Geldermans stated. “Usually, he’ll operate to the door mainly because he wishes to go out. But, sometimes, he will just go and flip his again to us and go sit in his bed.”

Liebchen enjoys a gondola experience in Telluride.
Submitted / Erin Geldermans

Reporter Ray K. Erku can be attained at 612-423-5273 or [email protected]