updated 01/28/2011 AT 3:38 PM ET
•originally published 01/28/2011 AT 4:30 PM ET
The reception was intimate, with about 50 people in attendance. There was a cake with a picture of the newlyweds on it. “Just Married” banners covered the walls.
As they signed the guest book on Thursday, people talked about how excited they were for Bruno and Solomon. After five years together, the couple had finally signed the dotted line and gottten married. On Jan. 20, two resident male cats of New York City’s Ollie’s Place, a no-kill cat shelter, tied the knot. It is thought to be the first same-sex cat marriage in history.
The couple first met on Coney Island. Bruno, the shy gray-and-white one, was being attacked by crabs. “He actually has no teeth, and doesn’t have a way to defend himself,” Ollie’s Place volunteer Michael DiCerto told PEOPLEPets.com at the ceremony. “Solomon became the karate cat and saved him.”
Bruno and Solomon haven’t been apart since. At Ollie’s Place, they share the same living area, rubbing their heads together affectionately, happy as the yin to the other’s yang.
“These two cats rely on each other,” DiCerto said. “There is a devotion there and they protect each other.”
The wedding ceremony – which DiCerto conceived as a way to help the two cats get adopted as a unit, and as a way to bring attention and funding to the shelter –was private. The reception brought Bruno and Solomon’s friends and fans together. Two women helped cut the cake, and there was even a bouquet toss. The flowers were red silk roses stuffed with black, white and gray mice.
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