Starting next year, animals flying into and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York will have a chance to relax before or after their flight in luxurious surroundings. A new facility called The Ark at JFK will open in 2016 for animals that require quarantine services.
This will be a bonus for those travelling with their animals to stay in the city’s holiday apartments. They will be able to take advantage of the 24-hour quarantine facilities at the terminal, which are fully USDA approved.
The terminal for animals will cover 178,000 square feet of space and is set to cost $48 million. Work is currently under way. When it is complete, it will provide services for a range of animals coming into and going out of the city, including pets, birds, horses, and livestock.
The pets will even have their own departure lounge that includes food, water, and stalls for the horses. The individual horse units all have their own climate controls and come compete with natural light and bedding. There will be a veterinary hospital on site to provide emergency and general care to the animals, including diagnostic checks and surgery. The pet resort will provide a pool for dogs shaped like a bone, the option of flat screen TVs, a cat gym, grooming services, pet massage, and obedience training.
When it opens next year, The Ark at JFK is set to be the only facility of its type in the world, providing pets and other animals with services that even some airline passengers can only dream of.