Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics USDA Approved

Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics in Lake City have been caring for animals for seven years. They recently got a license from the USDA.

“The process was a lot to take in mentally,” said April Cicchelli, co-owner of Second Chance Rescue and Exotics. “It was a lot of late nights we were here and a lot of missed family dinners to make sure we were USDA ready.”

Most animal rescues ask for a license when they only have a few animals, but Cicchelli waited until they had many more.

“We decided to get licensed after we were about 50, and they go through it all from head to toe,” Cicchelli said. “Every pen, every animal’s diet, all the vet work that we do, and when you go through 60 animals instead of two, it’s a lot more effort to get a permit.”

Now that the rescue is cleared, they can organize public events where everyone is welcome. Their first event is Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for Toys for Tots.

“It’s a donation of $ 10 per family or a brand new toy. All the toys we raise will be returned to families in need in the area, ”said Cicchelli.

“Bigger events bring attention to our cause,” said Salvation Army Major RC Duskin. “When we have businesses and organizations, they go to great lengths. It really brings together like-minded people and we’re spreading the word to get everything we need for the holiday season. “

The Toys for Tots event at Cicchelli Second Chance Rescue and Exotics is sponsored by Next Level Performance, The Truck Stop, Cadillac’s Betten Baker, Beeman’s Towing, Big Reds Fitness & Nutrition and S & R Bounce House and Tent Rental.

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