The JFK International Airport in New York, USA, announced this week it’s to build a terminal purely for pets named “The Ark“. As we all know, traveling can be very stressful for animals, with 15% of UK dog owners worried about their dog on a journey in the cargo hold.
The World’s First Luxury Terminal For Pets
Scheduled to be operational in 2016, this USDA-approved and luxurious air cargo facility is said to accommodate animals humanely; providing them with large enclosures, areas to exercise, medical care and a good diet during their stay.
Larger animals will reside in climate-controlled stalls and all animals will benefit from daily walks in appropriate enclosures.
The idea behind this project is an attempt to reduce stress in animals who travel by plane regularly, for example, horses because they participate in Worldwide competitions.
While this all sounds like a nice idea, what is the real research behind how happy the pets will really be? The press release on “The Ark” mentions that pets will be walked, but they won’t have the benefits 24hr human interaction from home dog boarding can provide. How beneficial is this really to the pets? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.