What is The ARK at JFK?

The ARK at JFK provides pre- and post-travel animal care and veterinary services for pets, horses, birds, non-domesticated mammals and exotic animals in a competent and compassionate manner. The ARK provides an efficient, safe and low-stress environment for both our human and animal clients.

Located off the runway at JFK International Airport in Cargo Area D, we provide 24/7 access to and from a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled facility, enabling the safe handling and efficient delivery of horses, pets, birds and other animals by air. Horses are transported from the plane in ARK branded vehicles and taken to The ARK where they walk off jet-stalls directly into The ARK where they begin required quarantine or receive immediate care and onward transportation. Regardless of the duration of their stay, all animals are looked after by accredited veterinary staff and highly-trained and caring handlers, with processes developed under guidance from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

It's all in the details...

The ARK at JFK has been designed by leading architects, designers and engineers, including master architect Gensler, specialty architect Lachlan Oldaker Equine Design and construction manager Holt Construction with oversight by the United States Department of Agriculture and with guidance from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The ARK provides both airside and landside services to board, kennel, quarantine, import, export and transport large and small animals. Additional services include transportation in dedicated climate-controlled vehicles to and from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities and other airport locations.

ARK Development, LLC

ARK Development, LLC is one of several portfolio companies owned by Racebrook Capital, a private equity firm based in Manhattan.  ARK Development constructed The ARK at JFK, a comprehensive multi-purpose animal handling and air cargo facility at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Approved by the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The ARK at JFK is North America’s only cargo terminal dedicated to animals.  Racebrook is responsible for developing, financing, constructing, operating and managing the specialty cargo handling facility

With 178,000 total square feet of facility and 14.4 acres of surrounding ground area, aircraft ramp parking and land use for animal handling, we make sure everyone has room to be comfortable.

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