First published April 17, 2010

Elvira, the city chicken from Mission Local on Vimeo.

Meet the new Mission resident Elvira, an abandoned chicken who was found wandering around downtown San Francisco. Like some 100 chickens every year, she ended up at Animal Care and Control on 15th Street. Later she was adopted by a Mission resident.

You can continue to follow Elvira’s life through her owners’ chicken blog.

Animal Care and Control
1200 15th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 554 6364

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  1. wow even more mayhem in the zoo next door! 🙂 zayna would have been terrified by the chicken. then again, zayna kind of acts likes a chicken but looks like a miniature lamb, so she would have fit right in with the zoo. donna, in case you haven’t figured this out it’s brian your former neighbor. nice work on the chicken!!

  2. Hello, Donna:

    I would have expected nothing less of you than to adopt and care for this rather odd lost soul. She’s unusual but I do think she will adapt to life with you. This story made me smile inside and out.


    Greg (Ted’s brother)

  3. I posted this on first because I don’t want you to delete this one too and then pretend you never received it:

    “Posted April 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Khakjaan: We didn’t delete any sonnets and welcome them. If there was any inappropriate-at least for a news’ site — language, then it would not have appeared. Best, Lydia”

    This is absolutely not true. Must I make a habit of screen-printing every website I visit, before I post a comment? I don’t care if it was auto-deleted either–who lets a program make speech decisions anyhow? Especially when the speech targets… well you know, readers–as opposed to robots.

    ps: I had to edit links out of here, so I guess I was right to conjecture that your comment-software auto-deletes certain traits in posts. That’s still your fault for aforementioned reasons.

  4. Speaking of chicken, I wrote a news sonnet that used this topic. I posted it here and they deleted it. Some Mission Local right? So local they delete local poets who write verse they find objectionable. Really local, because San Francisco has always hated poetry, right?

    Your actions defy your name and brand.

    1. Khakjaan: We didn’t delete any sonnets and welcome them. If there was any inappropriate-at least for a news’ site — language, then it would not have appeared. Best, Lydia

  5. Love this video! I have 5 chickens that roam my yard when I am home. They always let me know by squawking that the neighborhood roaming cat has arrived. I run out and he just wants me to pet him and just likes to watch the girls. Actually, I think he is a bit afraid of them. Of course, I keep watch never quite trusting him. But, I make sure he gets his pats and scratches. Animals are such a treat.

  6. Nice video! Pretty Chicken that Elvira! Sweet lookin’ pussycat that Eric! Yup, quality folks who give homes to lesser creatures!…

  7. WOW.. I didn’t know chickens could look so pretty. Your Cat needs a therapist. He is struggling with his Chase, trip, kill instinct.

  8. This is so sweet!!! Thank U and bless those people with love and tender heart to other creatures.

  9. As a former pet chicken owner, I thank you… just calmed my day down a bit just seeing this nice little video. I miss my chickens, unfortunately the local wildlife (hawks and wild dogs)thought they were tasty.