The In-Transit Aviary Quarantine offers rest stops for birds and secure biocontainment units for in-transit or 30-day quarantines. There’s also an Equine and Livestock Export Center that provides “essential resting stalls in a spacious, modern environment,” plus handlers and grooms, for horses and livestock departing the airport.
“Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and arduous process for owners and animals alike,” said John J. Cuticelli, Jr., CEO of Racebrook Capital, which runs the ARK, in a statement. “Our goal is to create a more efficient and safe process by reducing the need for additional travel and offering trained animal care staff immediately pre- and post-flight.”
On their way are even cushier digs. When fully operational, the ARK will house a 20,000-square-foot luxury spa and “resort,” complete with massage therapy, bone-shaped splash pools, and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.”
Overnight boarders can luxuriate in human-sized beds, watch flat-screen TVs, check in with their owners via webcam, and enjoy a “nightly tuck-in service.” All animals will have access to an on-site clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college.
And humans might not have it so bad, either.
“The ARK is a world-class animal care and comprehensive veterinary service facility, and will be a great addition to JFK—not only for our passengers, but as a driver for the regional economy that will create jobs and generate sales activity,” said Thomas L. Bosco, aviation director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates JFK. “The Port Authority is continuously exploring innovative ways to meet our customers’ needs.”