The ARK at JFK Equine, Livestock Export Center Now Open

The ARK at JFK Equine, Livestock Export Center Now Open

The ARK is equipped with 23 individual 12-foot-by-12-foot’ stalls outfitted with steel-framed open airway front stall doors, non-slip flooring, and high-quality hay and bedding.

Photo: Courtesy The ARK at JFK/Anthony Collins

On Feb. 13 The ARK at JFK announced the official opening of its Phase 1 services, which include The ARK Pet Oasis, Equine and Livestock Export Center, and Aviary In-Transit Quarantine.

“The opening of The ARK Pet Oasis, In-Transit Aviary Center, and Equine and Livestock Export Center marks the inaugural opening phase of The ARK at JFK,” said John J. Cuticelli, Jr. CEO, or Racebrook and founder and chairman of ARK Development/The ARK at JFK. “Four years ago, we embarked on this process to address the unmet needs for the import and export of companion, sporting and agricultural animals at JFK International Airport. Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and arduous process for owners and animals alike. 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. The ARK provides a healthy and comfortable environment, and sets new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services.”

Port Authority Aviation Director Thomas L. Bosco added, “The Port Authority is continuously exploring innovative ways to meet our customers’ needs. The ARK is a world-class animal care and comprehensive veterinary service facility, and will be a great addition to JFK – not only for our passengers, but as a driver for the regional economy that will create jobs and generate sales activity.”

For globetrotting horses, the ARK at JFK Equine and Livestock Export Center is a holding and rest area for all equids and livestock departing JFK International Airport. In order to meet the live animal cargo export needs of JFK, ARK Export is equipped with 23 individual 12-foot-by-12-foot’ stalls outfitted with steel-framed open airway front stall doors, non-slip flooring, and high-quality hay and bedding. ARK Export can accommodate multiple shipments of horses and livestock. An experienced staff of animal handlers and grooms provides all necessary care prior to domestic or international departure.

With direct airside access at Building 78, the offers expedient, efficient, and safe handling and direct loading of horses from export departure to jet stalls. All animal handling activity can occur indoors or under cover, improving comfort and safety for both humans and animals. A reserved parking and trailer drop-off area optimizes agent ground transportation for easy animal unloading. Additionally, a lounge area will offer rest and comfort for all horse grooms before departure.

The ARK's Phase 2 will include a full-service import-export center, an artist's rendering of which is seen here.

Photo: Courtesy The ARK at JFK

The opening of Phase 2 is expected to take place in the second quarter of, which will include a full-service ARK Import-Export Center featuring equine quarantine/import, a grooms’ lounge, and The ARK Aviary. The ARK at JFK will become fully operational in summer 2017, with Phase 3 services, operated by sub-tenants, which will include a full veterinary clinic, a veterinary blood laboratory, and pet boarding and grooming facility.

The ARK Pet Oasis is a central resource available to all airlines, pet shippers, and pet parents, servicing the needs and promoting the welfare of companion animals traveling as live cargo. The ARK at JFK Equine and Livestock Export Center provides spacious resting stalls for horses and livestock departing John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. The In-Transit Aviary Quarantine provides isolation rooms in a bonded warehouse, enabling commercial shippers to schedule several hours to overnight rest stops for birds traveling through the United States.

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