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    Major International Airport Introduces First Terminal For Pets, Dog Lovers Rejoice

    Major International Airport Introduces First Terminal For Pets, Dog Lovers Rejoice

    If flying is something you don’t look forward to when it comes to traveling with your pets, this will make your globetrotting dreams come true. 

    The John F. Kennedy International Airport in NYC, is set to open the world’s first privately owned terminal dedicated solely to traveling animals. You know, so your pups can relax, get some Starbucks, wander around Hudson News finding the latest gossip mags to peruse, or just do some duty free shopping while they wait for their flights to board. 

    Image via Gothamist

    Image via Gothamist

    All jokes aside, the terminal, aptly named “The Ark” will serve as a cargo holding area for all animals (exotic, farm, zoo, domestic) while they await transportation to their destinations. 

    Set to open in early 2016, The Ark is spread out over a 178,000 square feet and will house an overnight pet resort Paradise 4 Paws kennels, ample state-of-the-art cargo holding facilities, vets, an aviary and even climate-controlled stalls to ensure total relaxation prior to departure.

    Image via Gothamist

    Image via Gothamist

    Phil Derner of NYC Aviation spoke to the Gothamist about the $48 million endeavor:

    “It is indeed unique. Some people seem to question its necessity, but if a private company wants to sign a multi-decade lease with PANYNJ, then by all means. This facility is in the cargo area of JFK, which sees tenants come and go, so this can be a good deal for a potentially economically unstable part of the airport. 

    “When it comes to travel, animals have always had the short end of the stick, flying in dangerous and uncomfortable conditions in the bellies of aircraft. Regardless of animal type, I am all for anything that improves their treatment. As long as this being in the cargo area doesn’t bring about a horse-related Goodfellas Lufthansa heist, it is just fine with me.”

    Derner is right. Traveling with pets has always been quite the challenge. As pawrents, all our flying time is spent worrying about the safety of our furry friends down in cargo. So this is a welcome change!

    Image via Gothamist

    Image via Gothamist

    Cliff Bollman, architect at one of the firms designing the terminal, spoke to The Telegraph:

    “For the animals who [will] pass through The Ark, as well as the people who own them, air travel can be stressful and confusing. Aligning the needs of quarantine with kenneling and elevating the experience for animals and their owners, our design team sought to create a comfortable, healthy environment for them all.”

    Now that my pup knows about what’s to come, he can’t wait for his first air adventure. All paws aboard! 

    Written by Tasmai Uppin
    Source: Bark Post


    How Pets Teach Children Empathy and Compassion

    Children can get attached to a pet very quickly, and learn valuable emotional lessons from their animals.

    Pets and children share a deep bond, one that teaches children empathy, compassion and respect. When Cynthia was five years old, her family acquired a cockapoo named Nellis from a neighbor who no longer wanted it. "I still consider Nellis to be the brother I never had," wrote Cynthia one afternoon a while ago on the New York Times blog.

    Nellis played baseball with Cynthia by holding a plastic bat in his teeth and running the bases. When her family moved to a new location, he was the bridge who enticed neighborhood kids to visit, helping Cynthia make new friends. He was also her mother's late-night TV watching companion when the children went to bed and her father was out.

    "He set the tone for all the pets I've had since," Cynthia wrote, "and a big factor in why I volunteer with animals today. His legacy is a rich one, as is the legacy of all companion animals."

    Legacy of Empathy

    That legacy includes the lifelong skill of empathy – feeling the feelings of others, knowing when someone is uncomfortable, caring enough to change your behavior so that the other person becomes more comfortable.

     "Parents have traditionally encouraged children to respect and care for animals in the belief that this would enable children to become more caring, compassionate, and responsible," said Elizabeth Omerod, companion animal veterinary surgeon, and member of the Pet Health Council in London, England. "Studies demonstrate that children who interact with animals have higher levels of self esteem, greater empathy, and better social skills."


    Evidence on Animals and Nurturing

    Research around the world demonstrates the tremendous benefits of owning a pet. Studies show that children who own pets have more empathy and nurturing ability, and as they grow into adulthood, essential skills to develop meaningful relationships.

    • Researchers in Poland studied the impact of keeping dogs or cats at home on the social development of 530 children 4-8 years old. Those children with pets had higher scores in pro–social behavior and self-reliance than those without pets.
    • A study in Germany found that children 6-17 years old with diagnoses of anorexia, bulimia, anxiety disorder, and autism had improved behavior with a therapy dog than without one.
    • A study in Australia concluded that animal-assisted preventive efforts are an optimal vehicle for promoting nurturing and empathy. 

    Pets Can Teach Compassion to Children

    TLC is a violence prevention program designed for at-risk youth in Los Angeles, part of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This program is helping 400 middle school age teens feel empathy and compassion for others.

    These children are in this program because of gang affiliation, drug use, history of violence, being severely withdrawn, decreasing grades, decreasing socialization, severe shyness, or being a victim of bullying or being the bully.

    One such child arrived at TLC dressed in black. He spoke to no one and seemed angry, recalls Melanie Wagner, director of this program. He had no friends and was bullied often. After he was assigned a dog, he had someone to talk to. Slowly, his self-esteem rose and he became friendlier, so much so that he is now a peer leader with the program, helping other at-risk children turn their lives around.

    The children spend a month working with shelter dogs, teaching them basic obedience and giving them attention and companionship. They also learn about conflict resolution, anger management, coping skills, tolerance, and teamwork. For many children, it stops the cycle of violence and helps them become productive citizens.

    Teaching children to respect animals helps them learn to respect people – others and themselves. By tuning in to an animal's feelings of wanting attention, love, food, companionship and respect, a child can grow up into a caring adult who can more intuitively tune in to other people's feelings as well.

    By Silvia Foti for WebVet | Reviewed by Amy I. Attas, VMD

    Source: Everyday Health

    Arm The Animals makes it on DailyMail.com

    On January 22, 2015 DailyMail.com did a feature on Imogen Anthony a long time animal rescuer and advocate from Australia. Imogen had posted some risque photos on her Instagram account wearing our Dear Hunter Crew, and they happened to make the article as well as some of her own fashion designs. The photos can be seen below, and see the full story here!


    Kathy Griffin Joins The Fight

    The infamous Kathy Griffin has stepped up and joined the "Adopt Don't Shop" Campaign. The proud pet parent of two rescued Labrador Retrievers, and upcoming host of E!’s Fashion Police is the latest in a long list of doggedly devoted luminaries to pose for Last Chance for Animals’ “Adopt, Don’t Shop” PSA. Other high-profile pals to those with paws who have shown their support for the campaign include former Sons of Anarchy star Ron Perlman, Mike Wolfe from The History Channel series American Pickers, and Joanna Krupa, animal advocate and star of the reality series The Real Housewives of Miami.

    Established in 1984 by actor Chris De Rose, Last Chance for Animals has helped to shine a light on a number of issues that affect our barking buddies, ranging from dog fighting and greyhound racing to the plight of puppy mill dogs.

    2014 was a great year for animal rescues, and we think 2015 will be even bigger!

    Documentary is made of bid by Sussex charity to save orangutans


    Mr Knight said: “The Nat Geo documentary is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of orangutans in Borneo.”

    “It shows the wonderful work our team is doing to help them.”

    Orangutan Rescue: Back To The Wild shows the development of the orphaned babies as they are taken through the forest everyday to build their strength and learn skills their mothers would have taught them.

    And the documentary is expected to show the hours of care that baby orangutans receive from IAR’s team of vets, volunteers and babysitters, to set them on the road to recovery and freedom.