First equine guests welcomed to The ARK at JFK

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The ARK at New York’s JFK International Airport has received its first equestrian guests after the Equine Import Quarantine facility opened its doors.

Approved by the US Department of Agriculture top-class horses were welcomed over Labor Day weekend.

Also known as “3 Shades of Grey,” these three Irish horses named Sandy, Jackson and Polly, were originally flying from Liege in Belgium on a CAL Cargo charter service that arrived at The ARK on 1 September for their 3-day quarantine and were released on 4 September.

The US shipper was Horse America, the originating shipper was Peden Bloodstock and Brookledge was the ground transportation for all three horses.

The ARK at JFK is located at New York’s JFK on 14.4 acres and is opening up in three phases in 2017.

As part of Phase 1, The ARK Pet Oasis and Equine Export Center opened on 2 January, 2017 and have welcomed horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, baby goats, a pot-bellied pig and many other animals.

Phase 2 includes the Equine Import Quarantine (now open) and The ARK Aviary Quarantine, which is complete and awaiting final approval of the USDA.

Phase 3 services will include a long-term pet boarding facility in late 2017.

Approved by the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), The ARK was constructed by ARK Development and the state-of-the-art facility will see an investment of $65 million.