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GALAHAD'S ANIMAL SANCTUARY

"Be kind to every kind"

Through Galahad's Animal Sanctuary we aim to spread a message of hope and compassion. We rescue and rehabilitate farm animals from various circumstances within the food system. We have also rescued camels and horses, including a wild brumby. Both camels and brumbies are the unloved Australian Icons that deserve their place in our heritage and country. We have also rescued dogs, our most beloved companion animals. These animal ambassadors spread the message that they deserve our compassion and respect.

"Sit with animals quietly and they will show you their hearts.

Sit with them kindly and they will help you locate yours."

 

WHO WE ARE

Our Mission is Compassion

Galahad's Sanctuary has a genuine love and respect for all animals. Galahad’s Sanctuary was started 5 years ago by Lynne McAlister.  Lynne was inspired by her beloved Irish Wolfhound, Galahad. She learnt first-hand the difference animals make in the lives of people when doing pet therapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital and seeing the impact her beloved Galahad had on the children and nurses he visited. His pure love and that of many animals since, have inspired the quest to seek a harmonious and sustainable way to tread lightly on our planet and ecosystem using a plant based diet.  

Our purpose is to:

  • Provide care for homeless, abused, injured or abandoned animals and provide them a forever home.  The animals at the sanctuary are not pets, we are their caretakers responsible for their ongoing physical and emotional care and protection.  Many of the animals that arrive have been traumatised, we provide the love and patience necessary for rehabilitation so they can feel healed, happy and learn to trust humans again.

  • Connect people with animals and nature. Provide people the opportunity to relax and engage with animals while staying at the B&B or through events and tours. Animals are wonderful teachers, they are straight forward and accept us the way we are. Around animals we can relax and be ourselves.  Animals provide unconditional love, genuineness, pure joy — they accept the things they cannot change and are amazingly resilient. Animals do not dwell on the past or worry about the future. They teach us to live in the moment. Our bond with animals allows us to experience the world from different perspectives. By seeing the world through an animal’s eyes, we also practice mindfulness and ground ourselves, which brings peace to our often frazzled souls. At the same time, this mindfulness helps us practice patience and compassionate leadership. Both qualities are big assets for our personal and professional development.  

  • Promote awareness to the link between animal agriculture, the sixth mass extinction and climate change. Avoiding meat and dairy will significantly reduce our footprint on the Earth! Making the change to a more sustainable plant-based food system will not only improve our health, it will also spare billions of farmed animals from the horrors of factory farms and slaughterhouses, and help save our precious wildlife.  Our impact now is game-changing on this planet, we are all responsible. It's true, eating beef is bad for cows and koalas! Humans are driving the sixth mass extinction. Data in a study was collated to provide people a perspective on the very dominant role that humanity now plays on Earth, of all mammals on this planet, 60 percent are livestock (mainly cattle and pigs), 36 percent are human, and just 4 percent are wild animals. When it comes to birds, 70 percent are farmed poultry, with just 30 percent being wild. Plants make up 82 percent of living matter.  The study goes further in showing how disproportionate the impact of humans is on the planet: there are 7.6 billion people on Earth – which makes up just 0.01 percent of all living beings. Yet humanity has caused the loss of 83 percent of all wild mammals since the dawn of civilization. It is not irreversible yet, but we need to become the caretakers of our planet.

I would like to especially acknowledge Simone Panepinto, as without his blood, sweat and tears, financial commitment, and many many hours of fencing and caring for the animals, this sanctuary would never have got off the ground at the beginning.  He is also a very gifted photographer and has donated all of the photography for this websitehttps://jackshootphotos.wixsite.com/jackshootphotos.

 
 

WHAT WE DO

Their Stories

Galahad's Sanctuary has rescued and rehabilitated many animals, including camels, horses, cows, sheep, alpacas, chickens and a rooster as well as dogs.  We currently have 38 animals on site, but have rescued over 58 so far.

The stories of these animal ambassadors educate people on how the choices they make at each meal directly impact the lives of animals, our planet and ecosystem. They educate on the expendable and selfish way we treat our companion animals and our planet. They also represent the stories of the billions of animals that could not be saved.

People are so important and a large part of our joy is helping them to reconnect with animals on equal footing, not based around use or profit.  People experience magic and peace in their worlds through the higher understanding of nature and giving back.  Animals remind us of who we really are in such an intrinsically natural way, in a way that our complex society has left behind in the name of progress. They provide a connection to mother earth, they provide a sense of belonging, and through them we know we are not separate or alone.

WHAT WE OFFER

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ZOOM MEETINGS

Bringing Joy to Business Meetings

Need a fresh face to brighten up your video conference meetings? Want a fun experience for an online Happy Hour? Looking for a virtual tour? Galahad's Sanctuary Ambassadors are here for you via Zoom.  Fancy Milkshake and Catapult our resident rescue camels Zooming in to say hi?

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ANIMAL EXPERIENCE TOUR

Interact and feed the animals, hear their stories... Single or group tours

Visit our sanctuary for close and personal interactions with our residents. Get smooched by Milkshake our friendly camel or snuggled by Little Boy Blue and Bryce and our other affectionate sheep. Our brumby Wokka and Sundance love a carrot and the gigantic Ophelia our Angus cow loves being hand fed too. Bring your lunch and picnic. We will take you on a tour of the farm and then you will be free to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Macedon and company.  Bookings are by appointment only.  The charge is $20 per person/child for two hours.  Group bookings are preferred.

Professional Photography Session

An optional extra is for a professional photographer to capture this special time together with the animals and friends and/or family (maximum number per group is 5, please contact us for pricing if you require more). Duration varies, but around an hour. Includes 20-30 photos supplied after professional editing with a download link.  This extra experience is not only great for the photo album but also goes toward the feed and care of the animals at our sanctuary.  The cost is $390.  If you split this cost up in a group you save individual dollars and receive high quality, high res professional digital images ready for social media. Your photographer will be Simone Panepinto from Jackshootphotos.

Catering


Please contact us or the caterer directly to arrange vegan catering.  Sample menus and website details:

  • Andrea and Valentina at Olivia's Pantry - you can order from their menu here
    Delicious Italian fusion plant based food and cakes in Kyneton. Traditional Italian ready-made meals available to pre-order.
    They can also provide picnic baskets for lunches.

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B&B

Come and Stay

Feel like getting away? Relax and unwind in our self contained in-house accommodation, enjoying panoramic views of Mt Macedon. Sleep in a luxurious king size four poster bed. You will have a separate entrance, bathroom and kitchenette with modern conveniences such as a coffee machine, microwave and oven. As well as filtered water, Bluetooth stereo, TV, Netflix, DVDs, WiFi, games & books. Your own fully fenced garden, plus shared outdoor washing machine, dryer & undercover outdoor dining table. 

There are lovely walks on the property to enjoy all the views and interact with our animals, as well as the native kangaroos.  Gisborne town centre is 5 minutes drive away, with plenty of restaurants and supermarkets to choose from. We are 10 minutes away from Mount Macedon, Hanging Rock, Sanctuary Lake, Wineries, Open Gardens, Hiking and Pony Clubs.

Please bring your dogs if they are well behaved with other animals.  Must be on lead.  Bring your horse as well! Short term agistment and separate paddock can also be available during your stay.

Professional Photography Session

An optional extra is for a professional photographer to capture this special time together with the animals and friends and/or family (maximum number per group is 5, please contact us for pricing if you require more). Duration varies, but around an hour. Includes 20-30 photos supplied after professional editing with a download link.  This extra experience is not only great for the photo album but also goes toward the feed and care of the animals at our sanctuary.  The cost is $390.  If you split this cost up in a group you save individual dollars and receive high quality, high res professional digital images ready for social media. Your photographer will be Simone Panepinto from Jackshootphotos.

Catering


Please contact us or the caterer directly to arrange vegan catering.  Sample menus and website details:

  • Andrea and Valentina at Olivia's Pantry - you can order from their menu here
    Delicious Italian fusion plant based food and cakes in Kyneton. Traditional Italian ready-made meals available to pre-order.
    They can also provide picnic baskets for lunches.

Click on the Airbnb button below to book, plus further details and many photos of the B&B.

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VIRTUAL ANIMAL EXPERIENCE/TOUR

For Hospitals, Schools and Retirement Homes, a Virtual Encounter of a Different Kind...

Invite Milkshake and Catapult our resident rescue camels to Zoom into your lounge room, school room or hospital bed. We will call in to bring some smiles to your faces! Best of all, all proceeds go to the feed and care of all the animals at Galahad's Sanctuary.

What happens on a call, you say? We will join your call, do a quick intro of the farm and introduce you to Milkshake & Catapult on your virtual tour! You can ask us questions or just hang out.

We can use any virtual meeting software you prefer!

Contact us for pricing and availability.

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CAMPING AT GALAHAD'S SANCTUARY VIA HIPCAMP

Hipcamp is where you will step outside into a whole new world of amazing private land camping adventures.

30 picturesque acres in Gisborne with views to Mount Macedon. We are an animal sanctuary and have rescue camels, horses, sheep, cows, alpacas and chickens as well as dogs.

The property has two dams, it is well treed with large open spaces and has a beautiful view to Mount Macedon. kangaroos, possums and echidna's also live here.

You are welcome to walk the property and visit the farm animals during your stay (as long as you stay on the outside of paddocks/yards).

 

Dogs permitted but must be well behaved and not chase livestock - must be on lead. 

Professional Photography Session

An optional extra is for a professional photographer to capture this special time together with the animals and friends and/or family (maximum number per group is 5, please contact us for pricing if you require more). Duration varies, but around an hour. Includes 20-30 photos supplied after professional editing with a download link.  This extra experience is not only great for the photo album but also goes toward the feed and care of the animals at our sanctuary.  The cost is $390.  If you split this cost up in a group you save individual dollars and receive high quality, high res professional digital images ready for social media. Your photographer will be Simone Panepinto from Jackshootphotos.

Catering


Please contact us or the caterer directly to arrange vegan catering.  Sample menus and website details:

  • Andrea and Valentina at Olivia's Pantry - you can order from their menu here
    Delicious Italian fusion plant based food and cakes in Kyneton. Traditional Italian ready-made meals available to pre-order.
    They can also provide picnic baskets for lunches.


There is also an onsite B&B.  Click the Hipcamp buttons below for further details and bookings.

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EVENTS

Feasts and Special Events

Our animals, native visitors and picturesque views would be a delightful backdrop to any small feast or event.  Contact us if you want to hold photography classes, yoga classes, or art classes. We have held corporate Christmas parties, Halloween parties, Happy Hours, dog birthday parties, dog club events and children's birthday parties. We are also happy to provide our backdrop for your wedding. Please contact us to discuss arrangements.  You will have the option to provide your own catering to keep the costs down.  We can provide gazebos, seats, BBQ and parking.  (Portaloos can be arranged at your expense.)

Our photographer below can also provide a Photobooth at your event for optional fun!

We also have an onsite B&B and camping available.

Professional Photography Session

An optional extra is for a professional photographer to capture this special time together with the animals and friends and/or family (maximum number per group is 5, please contact us for pricing if you require more). Duration varies, but around an hour. Includes 20-30 photos supplied after professional editing with a download link.  This extra experience is not only great for the photo album but also goes toward the feed and care of the animals at our sanctuary.  The cost is $390.  If you split this cost up in a group you save individual dollars and receive high quality, high res professional digital images ready for social media. Your photographer will be Simone Panepinto from Jackshootphotos.

Catering


Please contact us or the caterer directly to arrange vegan catering.  Sample menus and website details:

  • Andrea and Valentina at Olivia's Pantry - you can order from their menu here.
    Delicious Italian fusion plant based food and cakes in Kyneton. Traditional Italian ready-made meals available to pre-order.
    They can also provide picnic baskets for lunches.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Animals are here with us, not for us.”

Anonymous

CONTACT GALAHAD'S SANCTUARY

Gisborne, 3437, Victoria

0458 012 224

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