The Ark: JFK Airport To Build Luxury Pet Terminal With All The Trimmings

New York's JFK airport is investing $48 million to set up a 178,000-square-foot luxury pet terminal. To be dubbed The Ark, this terminal will replace the current, privately-owned Vetport and will cater to up to 70,000 animals each year.

The Inquisitr reported a while back that plans were afoot (or apaw?) to start the luxury pet service, and now The Ark at JFK Airport is just that much closer to fruition and likely to open early next year.

For anyone who hates to leave their beloved pet at home while on vacation, The Ark at JFK Airport will be the perfect solution. While primarily it is a quarantine and boarding facility, it will be offering so much more than that.

For dog lovers, Paradise 4 Paws will be running a 20,000-square-foot luxury resort, complete with a bone-shaped swimming pool, flat-screen TVs, "pawdicures" and massage therapy. With all this luxury Fido might never want to go home.

For the pampered feline, there will be a spectacular climbing tree and for most animals there will be webcams installed in their "suites" so their owners can keep in touch with their beloved pet while they are away.

Entrepreneur reports there will also be a holding pen for pigs, goats and sheep and, rather more strangely, a space dedicated to giving "mating privacy" to penguins.

Birds will also be catered for in the best possible way. Even horses and cows will be spoiled at JFK Airport, with their own custom areas with dedicated pens and showers.

Naturally there will also be a fully operating veterinary hospital on site too.

All this luxury won't come cheap, of course and The Ark will recoup the $48 million cost in no time, as guests will be charged pretty much the same as a regular luxury hotel. Estimates are that a dog, for instance, will pay around $100 per night to stay in the "resort."

According to CNN, developer John J. Cuticelli Jr., Founder of Ark Development LLC and Racebrook Chairman is offering The Ark as the "world's only privately owned animal terminal and USDA-approved, full-service, 24-hour, airport quarantine facility for import and export of horses, pets, birds and livestock."

In a statement about the new facility at JFK Airport, the developers also said, "The animal terminal will set new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services."

[Photo: Pampered pooch CC by 2.0 Lee]