Similar to the biblical story of Noah and his ark, New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport will soon host a place of respite for traveling animals.
The airport plans to open a new luxury terminal called The ARK in 2016 that will accommodate pretty much every animal imaginable as they travel through the Big Apple. The $48 million, 178,000-square-foot shelter and quarantine facility will provide climate-controlled stalls with showers for horses and cows; a private penguin mating area; and for the special pup in your life, there will be hotel suites featuring flat-screen TVs, reports the New York Daily News.
“A lot of our design making is in collaboration with veterinarians and consultants to help minimize the amount of stress placed on the animal,” Cliff Bollmann, a leading airport architect working on The ARK, told the Associated Press.
The facility, which is being billed as the world’s first air terminal for animals, reportedly will offer a 20,000-square-foot “resort” for dogs, complete with massage therapy, bone-shaped splashing pools and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish” — and cats will have their own trees to climb. There will be a fee charged dependent on services offered, but dog suite fees could top $100 per night, according to the Daily News.
For animals who must be quarantined to ensure they aren’t carrying contagious diseases, The ARK will provide hay-lined stalls for up to 70 horses and 180 head of cattle, plus an aviary and holding pens for goats, pigs and sheep. And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college, reports say.
The ARK reportedly is being built on the site of a demolished cargo terminal, and planes will be able to taxi directly to the building. It will be subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when complete.