NYC's JFK Airport Is Building a New Luxury Terminal Exclusively for Animals
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To accommodate all the dogs, cats, horses, penguins, infrequent sloths and many other additional species, the airport is building a new facility on the site of a now demolished former cargo terminal dedicated exclusively for handling traveling animals, the Associated Press reports.
The $48 million, 178,000-square-foot terminal – called, appropriately, the ARK -- will serve as both a housing and quarantine facility, according to the AP. It's common for animals arriving in JFK to be held at the airport for a short period, sometimes up to a few days, to ensure they are not infected with contagious diseases.
Here's a list of the features the ARK, billed as the first ever terminal built exclusively for animals, will include, according to the AP:
- Climate-controlled stalls for horses and cows equipped with showers
- A 20,000-square-foot dog "resort" (run by Paradise 4 Paws), complete with more than $100-a-night suites featuring flat-screen televisions, splashing pools and spa services, including message therapy and "pawdicures"
- A space dedicated to giving penguins "mating privacy"
- Holding pens for goats, pigs and sheep
- Trees reserved for cats to climb
- A 24-hour animal clinic
Sounds pretty cool, right? Next time you're stranded in a hectic, overcrowded terminal, think of the traveling dog that's relaxing in front of a flat-screen TV while enjoying a pawdicure.