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The ARK @ JFK Airport

The ARK Pet Reception Center at JFK International Airport, New York, handles cats, dogs and other animals arriving in the USA as cargo. The pet reception center at JFK Airport carries out checks on pets and their paperwork, upon arrival in New York. Pets travelling on inbound and outbound journeys, as well as those in transit for an onward departure will visit The ARK facility. Your pet will be provided with water, and dogs will be exercised to allow them to stretch their legs. A purpose built pet relief area is also available inside JFK Airport to allow dogs arriving in the cabin to stretch their legs. You can leave a review to let other pet travellers know what you think if your pet has visited the The ARK @ JFK Airport Pet Reception Centre.

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Standards & Service at The ARK JFK Airport Pet Reception Center

Your pet will be collected by a member of The ARK staff upon arrival at New York JFK Airport. You must attach to your pet’s kennel all of the original paperwork required for your pet to travel. Be sure to have the documentation needed to take you cat, dog or other animal to the USA.

With 178,000 total square feet of facility and 14.4 acres of surrounding grounds, aircraft ramp parking and land use for animal handling, The ARK at JFK ensures all animals have space.

At The ARK JFK Airport Pet Reception Centre, your pet will be in a temperature controlled, safe and highly secure environment. Animals are cared for 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Facilities and services at The ARK, New York, include:

  • Airside location for direct access to aircraft
  • Proprietary ARK-branded vans for safe transport of pets to and from aircraft
  • Ample parking for drop-off or pick-up of your animals
  • Veterinary triage area for acute medical care
  • 100% air exchange
  • Isolation kennels and quarantine rooms for infectious animals
  • Thorough cleaning and disinfection protocols to prevent transmission of illness
  • Sound panels to absorb excess noise
  • Dedicated outdoor relief area for dogs
  • 47 dog kennels
  • 12 cat kennels
  • Animal relief, basic grooming, food and water

Furthermore, the accommodation comprises individual, quiet, and temperature controlled housing pens which fully provide for the needs of all visiting animals. Trained and qualified Animal Officers will also ensure your pet has access to drinking water, and dogs will be exercised.

The ARK also helps out animals in need, and with Operation Baghdad Pups, helps to reunite soldiers with cats and dogs that made a difference to their lives during service. In conjunction with SPCA International, Happily, the ARK helps rescue the animals and transport them to their fur-ever homes in the USA with the solider they supported.

Clearing your pet to enter New York, USA

The prompt clearance of your pet at the JFK Airport Pet Reception Center is reliant on you sending them copies of all the required paperwork in advance. This includes photocopies of the:

  • Health Certifiates
  • Vet Record
  • Instruction Forms completed for clearance

Pet Relief Area at New York JFK Airport

For those travelling with pets in the cabin, your cat or dog won’t visit The ARK. However your dog will no doubt need a toilet break after spending a few hours in their travel carrier. You’ll be please to know that JFK Airport has an indoor, purpose built pet relief area for dogs to take a break.

The US Department of Transport (DoT) requires all airports that handle more than 10,000 passengers a day to provide a post-security pet relief area. A welcome addition for all pet travellers, including those with Assistance & Service Dogs.

You’ll find the dog relief area after security at JFK, with 70 ft2of artificial grass for your pooch to mark their territory in a new place! It’s designed with decorative paw prints, and a washing area is also provided so that you can spruce up your dog post-flight.

Remember to always protect your pet against vector-borne diseases when travelling to a foreign destination, and leave a review if your pet has visited The ARK at JFK Airport Pet Reception Center!

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