Haven Dog Hotel is an original concept brought to life by owner Ashwini Aiyar. Aged 25 at the time, Ashwini has owned and brought up dogs her entire life, and could not picture a household without at least three dogs in it. She firmly believes not only in providing an exceptional service when it comes to dog boarding kennels, but also in changing attitudes about dogs in Sri Lanka. Since starting the kennels, Ashwini has gained a diploma certification via the Cambridge Institute of Canine Behaviour and Training (UK) in ‘Understanding Canine Care and Behaviour’, where her work in canine communication was praised for ‘raising the bar’. She continues her studies and is currently enrolled in the BA programme. Ashwini now adds pet relocation to her list of services, and is a practicing dog behaviourist. She is involved in a number of initiatives that aim to alleviate the stray dog population and continues to work closely with several animal rescue groups, in the hope that the dogs on her beloved island will have a future worth waiting for.