Since a few years it is possible to rent all kinds of things as well as animals and humans in Japan. Some of them were for example rentable boyfriends or girlfriends. This system has actually expanded, and it now covers a myriad of things. And now there is something new again, there is a rent-a-goat service for whatever purpose or reason you have for wanting to spend time with a goat. It may sound bizarre but it is already happening! For a price of 15,000 yen per month (around 150 American dollars), you can have one of these fluffy white goats to yourself!
This is actually not the first time it is possible to rent goats in Japan. Amazon also used to rent goats to manicure the grounds in its Distribution Center in Gifu Prefecture. The goats were treated as employees and were brought in once a week to do the job. They even had name tags! Google is one of the other companies that has rented goats to keep the grass near their headquarters neatly trimmed.
Now DMM, a Japanese Online Rental Service, has started including goats in their rental services. Just in case you wouldn’t know why you would want a goat for a (temporary) companion, they have helpfully provided us with several reasons why someone would rent a goat. For example, goats are eco-friendly weed killers who can tidy up any outdoor space, as they really love eating all kinds of grasses. It’s an economical way to keep your lawn tidy compared to machines, and as an added bonus the goats can make you feel relaxed like any pet can!
If you’re interested in renting a goat you have to take note of a few things. You should keep in mind that goats are animals with feelings who need love and company just like a dog or cat. It is advisable that you rent at least rent two goats to prevent them from becoming sad and lonely. Besides this they can be quite a disturbance to the neighbors, so you should plan ahead of time and think about where to house them, and what to do about the noise they will inevitably make. They can also be a bit smelly, so you will need the time and resources to keep their habitats clean.
This is a great opportunity for those of you who have huge lawns and have no time for mowing, or those who just wanted to fulfill their other goat-related needs. For just 15,000 yen per month, anyone can afford to rent one or two of these useful companions!
You can click here for more information! (in Japanese only)