Elyce & Bill Nissinoff
Volunteer Spotlight January 2018

Elyce is a two year volunteer and a regular fixture at LPR. Her husband Bill responds when she "calls upon" him to help with shifts and fundraising events which he does willingly.

Both Elyce and Bill love being around horses, working in the barn, and doing anything and everything that is needed. The interaction with animals clears their minds while serving a worthy cause. Bill says he isn't overly experienced with horses, but spent many summers at camp riding and caring for horses and doing barn chores. Elyce did the usual sporadic kid riding, including falling off and getting back on.

Married for 33 years, Elyce and Bill have two daughters, three grandchildren and Bree, their Golden Retriever. Elyce is a fitness instructor at Personally Fit in Rancho Santa Fe; Bill is in property management and financial investing. 

They are active together and individually. Being with their family is pastime number one, and fortunately they all live in the San Diego area. Bill hung up his well-used tennis racket for pickle ball and continues to surf, sometimes happy to sit on his board in the ocean. Other passions are biking, walking, skiing, and finding a comfy chair to enjoy reading a good book. Elyce enjoys exercising and shares in the fun of pickle ball. She also loves walking her dog, planting succulents and loved riding Icelandic horses. 

Elyce and Bill are part of the dedicated volunteers it takes to keep LPR going. They are inspired by their fellow volunteers and Celia's devotion. LPR is fortunate to have their time and commitment to give our horses the good life they deserve.

Welcome to...
Laughing Pony Rescue

  We're a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation located in Rancho Santa Fe, California and are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused, abandoned and slaughter-bound equine of any breed. All horses pictured on this website have been rescued, or were born of a rescued horse. We want you to see these majestic animals and to fall in love with them as we have.

Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. is a tax-exempt,
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

 Contact us:
phone: 858.759.9039
Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc.
          P.O. Box 32

               Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067



LPR Supporters

With your dedication and donations we rescued and placed over 33 slaughter-bound horses from Moses Lake in Washington in 2017. Many were just yearlings or mares in foal and all deserved a better ending. The picture above is Sammy who was one of those 33. Please check in with us again to learn more about our upcoming rescues.



Dynamite is a military donkey. He worked at Fort Irwin and used to carry dynamite to the troops when it was considered too dangerous to send people. When his service was ended he needed to be rescued and that's where Laughing Pony Rescue stepped in. He is a very very good donkey and we could not imagine the ranch without him. He is very calm and gentle and loves lots of attention. He recently found his soul mate in Daisy the donkey who was rescued from a slaughter house in Texas. Donkey's are herd animals and need companions.

You can Sponsor Dynamite or any of our rescue equine today through a monthly or one time donation. It costs between $300 - $500 per month per horse to maintain their rehabilitation. Some horses can take years to nurse back to good health after being rescued from abusive homes and slaughterhouses. Laughing Pony Rescue is dedicated to giving the highest quality of care available.


What's New...

A Letter From Our Founder

Hello Everyone,


We are now in 2018. Wow! Crazy right? What a year 2017 was. Laughing Pony Rescue saved and placed over 33 horses and we could not have done it without you.


The fires were horrible. I loved the way everyone came together to help all the animals. It showed how many people truly care about animal welfare and how they want to try to ease pain and suffering.


What most people do not know is that 6000 equines suffer every week. The slaughter truck picks them up and spends 2-3 days on the road with 30-50 horses jammed into the truck. They make sure the holes are small so you caring people can't see inside. There is no room to move. No food or water. The trucks are packed with foals, broken horses, mares and stallions...what a bad mix. If you could look in, you would not be able to sleep at night. Then there is the final destination... the slaughter house which is just barbaric.


80 % of the U.S. is against this and yet any bills proposed in congress get shot down. Why are other animals put down humanely and our equines allowed to be tortured? Can you help get the word out? I know people don't want to bring up the subject because it is such a downer, but there are people that don't know and they need to or nothing will change. I can't tell you how many new people come to the ranch that do not know about this. It horrifies me. I urge you to take the time to check out this process so you will be as passionate as I am to help stop this. One more person who knows is one more person who may step up for change.


Rescuing horses has been a passion of mine for over 40 years and I have always had a particular drive to rescue slaughter-bound equine. Many people shy away from this focus only because dealing with the feedlot can be extremely difficult for many reasons. However this year we have found a way to go straight to the herd. We are excited to share our rescue efforts with you as our plans develop further.


With every new year there is a chance for a new beginning and while our mission is always the same, to rescue abused, abandoned and slaughter-bound equine, we hope to achieve more than we have the years before. We hope you will join us in 2018 to make a difference in the lives of these animals. And always remember that we don't do this so there will be one more horse on this earth, we do this so one less horse suffers this horrible death.


Celia Sciacca

Thank you to The Ark in La Jolla for your support!

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