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Dog Facilities and Pet Relief Areas at #NewYork Airports

What exactly is The ARK at JFK?

The ARK at JFK is the only full-service animal reception facility in the United States, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The in-transit facility offers airport reception and quarantine facilities for the import and export of companion pets, horses, birds and livestock.

Companion Pets: The 24/7 ARK Pet Oasis, available to all airlines, pet shippers and pet parents, services the needs of pets / companion animals traveling as live animal cargo. Facilities include a dedicated outdoor relief area for dogs, 47 dog kennels and 12 cat kennels.

Tucker, The ARK’s canine ambassador, at Reception in The Ark Pet Oasis At JFK

Located off the runway at JFK International Airport (in Building 78A in Cargo Area D), with landside parking facilities and direct airside access to taxiway and private aircraft parking, the $65 million, 178,000-square-foot animal handling center has been designed to ensure the safe and humane treatment of animals traveling by air.

The Ark at JFK Layout Map


Airside and landside services to board, kennel, quarantine, import, export and transport large and small animals.

These services / facilities include overnight kennels, pre-flight micro-chipping services to help track your animals, and a 20,000-square-foot luxury in-house pet spa  where pets can undergo grooming, massage therapy, or get "pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.”

Additional services include transportation in dedicated climate-controlled vehicles to and from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities and other airport locations, as well as customs clearance on behalf of the owners, or through a custom broker.


“For the Pet Oasis, the basic accommodation fee is $125, say Elizabeth A. Schuette, the Ark's managing director."

Long Term Pet Boarding Facilities

The ARK’s long-term pet boarding facility will open in 2018 and confirmed details will be announced then.

About The ARK

The Ark at JFK was designed & developed by wife and husband team Elizabeth A. Schuette (the managing director of the Ark) and her husband, John J. Cuticelli Jr., (the project’s developer) in collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Worldwide Flight Services (which transports pets around the world).

Pet Relief Area at JFK (John F. Kennedy) International Airport (JFKIAT)

Federal regulations (August 2016) mandated that Pet Relief Areas are now a legal requirement at all airports accommodating more than 10,000 travelers annually. These areas must cater for service dogs, emotional support animals or pets.

Pet Relief Area at JFK Airport

Located in Terminal 4 in JFK Airport in Southern Queens, and designed in collaboration with the Guide Dog Foundation, the relief area includes decorative paw prints, ornamental fire hydrant, fake grass, waste bags for clean ups.....

This is not the only pet relief area at JFK: In July, JetBlue opened a post-security, 4000-square-foot outdoor rooftop lounge, complete with dog walk, on top of Terminal 5 (T5).

Jetblue Dog Walk Terminal 5 JFK Airport

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LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

LaGuardia has a very small (10-foot-square ) pet relief area in an unsecured area just outside Terminal D, near the taxi arrivals area.

"Pets and animals other than service animals are required to remain in carriers at all times other than while using the relief area. There are no pet relief locations anywhere within the airport’s secured areas."

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

  • Terminal A: for the very small Pet Relief area follow the signs in Baggage Claim.
  • Terminal B: Pet Relief area is in Pre-Security Area, outside Arrivals, between gates 65 & 66.
  • Terminal C: Pet Relief Area is in the Pre-Security area, outside Arrivals Area.


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