The Long Island Cat Kitten Solution, or LICKS, helps reduce feral cat population

With over 20 years of experience and approximately 10,000 cats and kittens sterilized to date, a Long Island organization called Long Island Cat Kitten Solution, Inc. (LICKS) is on the front lines of ending overpopulation and suffering of unwanted wild animals and community cats.

New vice-president and rescuer John Debacker explains: “LICKS is not an animal shelter. We provide Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) services, a humane, three-step approach to reducing the number of feral and stray cats on Long Island.

“We rely heavily on local independent rescuers and trappers to locate and trap, and veterinarians to provide low-cost neutering services,” he adds.

By reducing the population of stray and feral cats over time, TNR reduces the rate of unnecessary euthanasia by freeing up space in already overcrowded shelters and sanctuaries. It also improves and prolongs the lives of cats and kittens, and appeases disgruntled neighbors seeking to rid their yards of wild animals.

Outside of overcrowding prevention, LICKS has been involved in several rescue missions, including a mother cat and her kittens at JFK Airport, a terrified cat heard screaming on the Metro-North train tracks, and even a fox. lucky enough to be rescued and brought to a local shrine.

“Such rescue efforts are only made possible with the help of a great support system, which starts with good Samaritans who often call on local authorities to get involved,” Debacker said.

But LICKS cannot do it alone. If you feed outdoor cats, consider becoming a trapper. Colonies implicated in TNR shrink in size over time, quickly stabilizing feral cat populations by instantly ending breeding and removing socialized cats from the colony.

Learn more about trapping and volunteering at

For those who would like to help in another way, support LICKS at its upcoming fundraisers, including the Long Island Nets’ final game of the season at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. A portion of every ticket purchased goes directly to LICKS rescue programs.