New Animal Facility at JFK a step in the right Direction for Animal Care
John F. Kennedy International Airport is to get a state-of-the-art animal facility appropriately named the ARK, which at times is sure to resemble Noah’s ark with all of the animals that have to come and go through the building before or after international travel. When we think about animal travel we generally think of dogs and cats getting transported to their new homes but all sorts of animals are transported both domestically and internationally and need to see the vet on duty before being allowed in the country. The new animal facility is going to be 172,165 square-foot center will operate 24 hours a day and will handle about 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually. I honestly don’t remember much about the facility at JFK other then being completely stressed out that I needed to go and get another stamp on Davinia and Indiana’s paperwork when we flew to Hong Kong.
Commissioners for the Port Authority of New York and Jersey approved plans for the new animal facility last Thursday. The ARK will offer a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, animal daycare services and more efficient ways to transport animals worldwide, including exotic species. The center will also include a three-day equine quarantine area, dog and cat kenneling and grooming services, an aviary, lawn space for exercising animals and a veterinary hospital and rehabilitation center for horses and other large animals. Right now there are talks with Cornell Veterinary School to not only consult on the project but to be in charge of the hospital. I think having the connecting to the Veterinary School would be a step up in making the facility more friendly and caring where before it was very sterile ok not sterile because it was drab outdated and devoid of emotion but lifeless at least the area that I saw it felt like a cargo area.