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NYC's JFK Airport Is Building a New Luxury Terminal Exclusively for Animals

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Every year, more than 70,000 pass through 's JFK airport.

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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 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.

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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.

Or don't.

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