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Asheville's 'Dove Lady' working to heal, celebrate with dove releases

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Julia Gaunt and one of her young doves. (Aug. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Julia Gaunt and one of her young doves. (Aug. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Several of Gaunt's doves. (Aug. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina) Several of Gaunt's doves. (Aug. 6, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

A unique business in Asheville aims to bring comfort to the grieving and added smiles to any celebration.

Asheville White Dove Release is a business started by Julia Gaunt, a bird enthusiast who has a flock of white rock doves who are trained to return after they are released.

Gaunt releases the birds at weddings and funerals, as a symbol of peace and hope.

"Far more funerals and memorials because they're held year-round. We don't have a funeral or memorial season like we have a wedding season," said Gaunt of her business.

Gaunt's business is available year-round for celebrations and memorial services within the 90-mile area around Asheville. She hopes to expand the business to Greenville.

"It connects people with the symbolism and gives them a sense of hope...that they're loved ones are surrounded by escorts," Gaunt said.

She generally works alone, training the birds by releasing them daily as practice for an event. The homing birds have an instinct to come back to their perch, Gaunt said.

In addition to the releases, Gaunt has a therapy bird named Pearl that helps comfort grieving kids.

For more information on Gaunt's business and pricing, click here.

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