1000 cats at a wedding – these people need to be locked up under the mental health act

The shelter is no-cage and no-kill, filled with more than 1,000 cats and kittens and nestled outside Fresno. It has existed there for more than 20 years.

The couple from Canada chose this place, of all the places, because like them, it cares about the cats.

“We are animal lovers, the two of us, and we wanted to make this our special day,” the bride told CBS 47. “We wanted to make it close to our own values.”

Feline fondness brought the couple together when they first met, according to news coverage from their wedding.

They dated for three years, a relationship founded on common principles and interests: cats.

“I saw we were sharing these same values, because these are values, they are the basis of our (relationship),” Veronneau told KSEE 24.

Long before she met her husband, Veronneau told reporters she learned of the cat house in California and marked it on her bucket list.

Three years ago, she visited for the first time and felt an instant connection — to the animals, the volunteers and the mission.

Since its founding in the early ’90s, the sanctuary has saved more than 24,000 cats and 7,000 dogs, according to its website, and has spayed and neutered more than 40,000 other animals.

Its owner and founder, Lynea Lattanzio, converted her 4,200 square foot home into one large cat club and moved into a trailer on her property, the Associated Press reported, cashing in her entire retirement savings after she learned many nearby shelters euthanise unadopted cats.

“They’ve got this house. They’ve got 12 acres. They can climb a tree. They can go sit in the sun outside,” Lattanzio told the AP in April.

“It just gives these animals a reason to live as opposed to just living in a cage just because no one wants them.”

Lattanzio’s compassion is why the couple from Canada, who travelled more than 3,000 miles from Montreal, asked Lattanzio to be a part of their ceremony — as the officiant, the Fresno Bee reported.

At first she was hesitant.

“I was afraid I would make a mess and screw it up — you know, forget my lines,” she told ABC 30 Action News.

But eventually the couple convinced her to become ordained. And when the wedding day came, the cats were happy to be mixed up in the festivities. A fluffy, orange cat slept on the hem of Veronneau full gown. Others crawled in her lap and climbed the groom’s arm.

“One white kitty even followed the bride as she walked from the Senior House down to the bench by the river where they were married,” Harvie Schreiber, a volunteer with The Cat House of the Kings, told Meow.

On Wednesday, the day after their wedding and the first day of their honeymoon, the newlyweds appeared on the morning show at CBS 47. The bride, of course, wore a cat-themed t-shirt.

They spoke of how special the day was, how they lured the cats to the ceremony with bowls of food and incorporated them into their official wedding photos.

Then a reporter asked them the baby question.

“Are you going to adopt a cat?” she said. “Is this going to be your kid?”

“Maybe, maybe,” Veronneau said. “We can never say never again to cats.”

If your wife-to be wants to get married at the local cat sanctuary, I think it is safe to say that you need to take that as an indicator to run… RUN… run and don’t stop.

That man will never be equal in that relationship.  All the cats will outrank him.


– Washington Post


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  • JEL51

    “That man will never be equal in that relationship. All the cats will out rank him”……….
    …….ah…….now it make sense……………

    Some deep-seated resentment issues to be resolved….;)

    • kereru

      ‘That man will never be equal in that relationship.’

      I think this is unlikely. The groom is -er- lapping up all the catattention just as much as his bride.

      • JEL51

        I was referring to why Somebody-with-His-Own-Blog who at times has a strange habit of agreeing with a well-known Recent-Green-Convert from Wellington. This seems to be an explanation for some underlying issues of neglect ……..maybe?

        • Uncle Bully

          Or, maybe he recognises that cats are a blight on the natural ecology of NZ’s wilderness spaces, and need to be eliminated at every opportunity. Every time I find the remains of a wood pigeon or kingfisher, or see a flash of fur disappearing into the bush, I initiate a feline pogrom in the vicinity.

          • JEL51

            Umm, how many times have you found remains of Kereru or kingfisher. In 23 yrs on this place I have ever only found 1 of each. The kereru had struck the cables feeding power to the North and the Kingfisher killed itself with panic when accidently locked in the shed.
            Now, how many times they have failed to raise their chicks due to bush rats raiding nests ….is an unknown. It seems to me better to wipe out the rats & stoats before concentrating on the furry ones.

          • Uncle Bully

            Plenty. And my trap works for mustelids, rats, hedgehogs and cats. I catch more cats than hedgehogs and rats combined, and have only caught one stoat. Cats get dumped on the roadside to fend for themselves in the bush block with monotonous frequency, so they can get out of control pretty quick. They also feed on roadkill, so sometimes get themselves run over too.

  • Aylene Price

    I didn’t watch the whole video, couldn’t get past the reporter telling us of 1100 cats in a no cage facility. Almost threw up at that number of cats wandering around in one place.