On Jan. 27, Bruno and Solomon, two male cats living at Ollie’s Place, a no-kill cat shelter in New York City, tied the knot in what may be the first same-sex cat marriage in history.
The wedding ceremony, which shelter volunteer Michael DiCerto thought up to help the two cats get adopted together and to bring attention and funding to the shelter, was private.
About 50 of Bruno and Solomon’s friends and fans attended the intimate reception. Shelter staff placed “Just Married” banners on the walls and two women helped cut the cake, which featured a picture of the newlyweds on it. They even arranged a bouquet toss. The flowers were red silk roses stuffed with toy mice in a variety of colors.
As they signed the guest book, attendees expressed their excitement that after five years together, Bruno and Solomon had finally taken the big leap into marriage.
The couple first met on Coney Island. Bruno, a shy gray-and-white tabby, was being attacked by crabs. “He actually has no teeth, and doesn’t have a way to defend himself,” DiCerto said. “Solomon became the karate cat and saved him.”
Bruno and Solomon have been together ever since. At Ollie’s Place, they share the same living area and can often be seen rubbing their heads together affectionately and enjoying their new, comfortable life in safe quarters.
DiCerto hopes the wedding ceremony helps Bruno and Solomon get adopted as a pair.
“These two cats rely on each other,” DiCerto said. “There is a devotion there and they protect each other.”