Frequently Asked Questions
What is included with the dove release services?
Doves of Love customizes dove release packages to meet every customer’s needs. From a single bird to large flocks, hand or remote release options, display design, background music, it will be professionally coordinated by a properly attired representative present at the event.
Where do the birds go once they are released?
After being released, our doves will circle above orienting themselves and then head back to their loft, where they have food, water, shelter, their flock, their nest and their mate. They are gradually trained to fly back from many different locations, following an instinctive ability to find their way home.
Do doves make a mess at the event?
Doves only produce droppings when they perch and not while they are in flight.
Are dove releases allowed at my event location?
Dove release is suitable and allowed at most exterior locations. However, we advise you to confirm whether the location requested for the release allows it, prior to booking the reservation. We can suggest alternative ways and locations.
How do I reserve a dove release?
To ensure that we have doves available for your special event, we prefer you contact us to reserve in advance and pay a deposit of at least 50% of the cost of your selection. Dates for releases are reserved on a first come first serve basis.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept checks and cash payments. We require full payment in advance at our provider locations or over the phone at 724-462-5189.
What is the Refund Policy?
We will refund your total when the cancellation is done 2 days in advance or cancelled due to inclement weather. For late cancellations we will retain the 50% deposit.
Is weather an issue?
Our doves represent a great investment of care, time and commitment for us and can only be released under safe and appropriate conditions. Releases can be done year round, as long as it is clear enough for them to return home safely and not during heavy rain, snow or foggy conditions. The doves must be released with enough time prior to sunset for the doves to return home.
How do you care for your birds?
We care for our doves much in the same way pet owners take care of their pets. They are well looked after in a safe, healthy environment, they are fed top quality food specially for their breed, have clean water to drink at all times, and receive special herbs and all natural supplements. They are banded in order to keep track of their vaccines, checkups, their training and their return to the loft.
Unlike most kept pets, our doves experience a full life in a colony of their own. where they bond with one mate for life, they nest and care for young, and experience free flight outdoors. In their spacious loft, which provides them with access to both indoors and outdoors environments, they interact as they do in nature, select their mate, build their nest, and raise their babies.
They are a hardy native species, so they do not create any environmental conflict with other birds, and are perfectly adapted to our climate. They just happen to be all-white, prettier, healthier, cleaner and in a general sense more privileged (like a pet) than the common city pigeon that must scavenge and consume whatever it finds, including refuse and contaminated water.
Our doves love to fly. Even when released close to their nest, our doves soar and circle in flight above the loft for a while, before returning. It is instinctive for them to exercise and then return to their home, where they find safety, food, their nest and their mate. The exercise keeps them vigorous and healthy, and they have been previously gradually trained to find their way from every location they are released. They are frequently released to fly for their own exercise and enjoyment, as they would in the wild, and we keep track of their safe return to the loft. All doves and pigeons, regardless of their color, are vulnerable to predatory animals like hawks. So it is sad if one bird does not return, but it is not cruelty, rather an act of nature.