World's first luxury animal terminal, where your pets are treated even nicer than you!


The John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is developing world's very first terminal for animals. The project is called the ARK (inspired by Noah's biblical vessel) and it is estimated to cost approximately 48 million dollars. Animals will be given the kind of luxury economy class human passengers can only dream about.

Spacious, custom-designed 16,500 square meters of extravaganza will be ready to host the traveling animals by next year. According to JFK representatives, there are over 70,000 animals flying in and out every year.

A number of furry, four-legged or winged passengers need to spend a certain amount of time in the quarantine (a horse would be quarantined for three days) to eliminate any possibility of contagious diseases spreading; so to make time fly by faster for them, they will make sure their time spent at the airport is as fun and stress-free as possible. Cold, heartless cages, fences and cases will be replaced by freedom, pampering and games.

Horses, for example will be accommodated in climate-controlled stalls with showers, while dogs will be able to enjoy bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and "pawdicures with colored nail pawlish," or spend some time in their hotel suites, equipped with flat-screen TVs, while their owners will be able to check their well-being via webcams. There will also be hay-lined stalls to host for up to 70 horses and 180 head of cattle, as well as holding pens for goats, pigs and sheep.

But that, of course, is not all. The exotic animals will be neatly taken care of as well. A special space for penguins is planned that will give them enough privacy to mate.

All animals will be welcome, even those that do not need to be quarantined – they will wait in the facility until their owner arrives to pick them up. Animals that require medical care (or in case of any emergency), the terminal will have an in-house animal clinic services available at any given time.

Now, does that not sound like a terminal you would feel very comfortable leaving your pet at? It's so cool, you almost wish you could be in their place.

July 21, 2015 Living photo: The ARK

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