JFK Airport Will Open Luxurious Terminal Just For Animals
It is estimated around 70,000 animals of all kinds go through Kennedy Airport every year. Thus 178,000 square feet is being put to use to create a terminal just for our furry friends!
The Ark is said to include "everything from a resort with suites that have large flat-screen TVs, to climate-controlled stalls, showers, massages, a private space especially set aside for penguin mating, a paw-shaped dog swimming pool, a jungle for cats made of live trees that will give them a tantalizing view of the aquarium, and stables full of the finest hay a horse could hope for," according to Huffington Post.
The project is estimated to cost $48 million and be the first of its kind! The resorts will include pet pampering and special access to allow planes to taxi directly to the terminal so that animals can be unloaded with minimal transportation.
Cliff Bollmann, an architect who co-designed the JetBlue terminal at Kennedy Airport and is designing The Ark with the San Francisco-based firm Gensler said: "A lot of our design making is in collaboration with veterinarians and consultants to help minimize the amount of stress placed on the animal."
The facilities will even include a "poo chute" so that cattle manure will not be an issue!
This new "pet paradise" is not expected to be cheap for those wanting to bring their animals along with them. Huffington Post reports that Paradise 4 Pets starts their dog suites at $50 a day, but their "top-dog suite," complete with a human-size bed for the dog and bedside framed family portrait, is expected to go for $100 a day.
H/T Huffington Post