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Feature May 2019 Issue

An Airport Terminal Just For Your Pet

female cat

Michelle Young

Every cat wants to look her best while flying. Before boarding, this feline gets groomed at the Ark Oasis.

Flying out of JFK has become easier for pets because of ARK Pet Oasis, a terminal built especially for our four-legged friends. Your cat can get necessary vaccines (by appointment) before boarding; delivery to the gate shortly before takeoff so there’s no more waiting in too-hot or too-cold cargo facilities; on-site veterinary care, if necessary; and various creature comforts. For cats, for instance, ARK’s trees are reserved for climbing.

It may seem like overkill, but some 70,000 animals — cats, dogs, horses, sheep, pigs, and even penguins — pass through New York City’s busy JFK Airport every single year. The various services come at a cost, but if your cat does have to fly, we think it’s humane treatment at its best.

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