JFK has gone to the dogs.

At JFK airport, there’s now a 178,000-square-foot terminal devoted just to animals. While it’s only partially opened now, once complete, it will house a pet resort with staff groomers, dog and cat boarding and training facilities, a veterinary hospital, an aviary and stalls for horses and other large animals. Planes can taxi right up to ARK and drop off the animals they are carrying. Rates start at $125 for cats and dogs, but horses pay extra: $350 for up to 12 hours.

“Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and stressful process for owners and animals alike,” says John Cuticelli, Jr., the founder and Chairman of ARK Development. “Our goal is to create a more efficient and safe process by reducing the need for additional travel and offering trained animal care staff immediately pre- and post-flight.”

 



Phase 1 of the project — which includes the pet resort — was completed in February.  The entire facility — which will include the vet and grooming facilities — will be completed by summer 2017.