The Ark at JFK: Where Fancy Pets Wait for Flights

Written by Bryce

If you haven’t yet heard of The Ark at JFK, get ready– every well bred with a pet flying in or out of New York City is going to be talking about it.

Developers are transforming a 178,000 square foot cargo terminal at NYC’s JFK airport into a pet hotel profit machine. The Ark at JFK is set to replace what was once VetPort with high end, luxurious trimmings, housing, a shelter, and even a quarantine.

“And a hotel is what Mr. Bollmann and his team of six architects and six engineers are in many ways building, paying meticulous attention to the guests’ varying needs. In some ways, animals will be better treated than many human passengers at JFK.

The horse area will resemble a barn, with more than 70 stalls, soft floors that don’t irritate hooves and a walking track. Penguins need cold quarters, and perhaps some privacy, because Mr. Bollmann has learned ‘they need to mate all the time.’

Canine guests, meanwhile, will reside at a 20,000-square-foot ‘resort’ called Paradise 4 Paws that will feature bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and spa services like “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish,” said Paradise 4 Paws’ “chief barketing officer,” Johanna Newcomb. Felines will have the Cat Adventure Jungle to stretch their legs on custom-made climbing trees with a view of the aquarium.

Prices at other “resorts” run by Paradise 4 Paws begin at $50 per night and easily climb from there. Annual rent for the ark is expected to be around $5 million, so you know your pet will be staying in the poshest of cargo spaces.

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Bryce Gruber is a Manhattanite mom who can be found jet-setting off to every corner of the globe. She loves exotic places, planes with WiFi, summer clothes, & Sucre brown butter truffles. Bryce's aim is to do to luxury what Elton John did to being gay. Follow her on twitter @brycegruber

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