How far would you go to demonstrate your love for pets? Could you see yourself getting married in front of more than a thousand cats? One Canadian couple could, and so traveled to California's Cat House on the Kings, which happens to be the largest cage-free, no-kill cat sanctuary in North America.
Dominic Husson and Louise Veronneau met in Quebec three years ago, with a mutual love of pets at the heart of their relationship. "I saw that we were sharing the same values. These are values, these are the basics of our relationship and our love for animals and beings," Louise explained to TV station KFSN. New husband Dominic added: "We are both animal lovers."
Founded and run by Lynea Lattanzio, the Cat House on the Kings has been a home to some 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs in the last 24 years, ensuring that they have a safe place to live and roam free until they find new and loving pet parents. Louise first discovered the cat sanctuary in 2012 and pledged to return: "I fell in love with the work Lynea and her team is doing for the cats and the rescuing."
The decision to marry at the Cat House on the Kings made tremendous sense to these pet-loving lovebirds, and they set about planning their nuptials some 4,000 kilometers from home. Louise and Dominic even asked Lynea to officiate the ceremony, though at first she refused due to a fear of getting her lines mixed up. The day went without a hitch, though, and the cats interacted with the ceremony and wedding party.
What did the cats think of the extra people that came to the sanctuary for the wedding?
"They are so used to people coming through, that they just enjoy the attention that they get," said Lynea. We're sure these extra guests made for purr-fect wedding photos!
Congratulations, Louise and Dominic!