Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics Soon Opening to the Public
We are so fortunate to have so many selfless and giving people here in Northern Michigan that go above and beyond to help animals. The Cicchelli’s in Lake City have made a name for themselves in taking in rescues from all over the country. April and Ryan Cicchelli are the owners and founders of Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics. They have 25 acres of land and over 37 species that have found a home here.
“Our rule here is we will not turn down any rescue,” explains April Cicchelli.
Many of these animals come from unthinkable pasts… “There’s a lot of negativity towards what we do. People don’t realize the types of homes these animals come from. They don’t realize the difference we’re providing for these animals,” says April. This is a sad reality many exotics in captivity face. “A lot of private owners get these animals without realizing the care and need that goes into it— or the cost,” explains April. This is where she and her husband Ryan step in. They do everything in their power to give these critters a better life.
Ryan Cicchelli says, “We actually run 2 companies full time and draw zero profit off of them just to continue to fund this.”
Their reality consists of spending mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends dedicating their lives to caring for animals that were once unwanted or neglected.
In order to help fund their operations and rescue efforts, they are opening to the public. They pan on educating people of all ages and giving them a one-of-a-kind experience. They are also looking for sponsors, volunteers, and donations.
For more information on how you can visit or get involved, click here.