Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The ARK pet oasis for pets taking planes

If you have to fly, the thought of transporting your pet in a crate in the cargo section of a plane may be disconcerting...but some airlines are taking more consideration for the welfare, comfort and well being of pets traveling by air.

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 A particularly encouraging improvement is the ARK at JFK--an airport lounge for animals. The ARK offers (or will offer when completely functional):

* more than 100,000 sq ft, 14.4 acre facility
*Pet Oasis features 47 kennels for dogs and 12 for cats
*round-the-clock 24/7 animal care
*Zen-like environment
*dedicated outdoor relief area for dogs
*quarantine area
* pre-flight and after-flight walks
*baths and/or brushing
*healthy meals
*cleaning of travel crate

*48 climate controlled stalls and 24 additional export stalls for horses
*aviary with special habitats
*vet on premises
*transportation to connecting planes
*airside location for direct access to planes

Have you ever experienced this kind of lounge or treatment when flying with your pet?


  1. Replies
    1. Anything that is safer for pets is a good step.

  2. That is amazing. WE have never had a chance to fly.

  3. I've occasionally seen areas where you can take your dog outside an airport without leaving the security zone. But this looks really cool.

    Personally, I'm not sure what it would take to convince me to fly a dog in cargo. But this would be great for people whose dogs join them in a cabin.

    1. Hopefully the trend will continue and make it better and better for flying with your pet, and not just tiny dogs and cats who fit under your seat either. There has to be a better way than cargo for all pets.


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