Jelly’s Place holds out hope in finding new home

Jelly’s Place holds out hope in finding new home
Jelly's Place at 2905 San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo.

By Kathy Chouteau

Jelly’s Place, an animal rescue and no-kill shelter located in San Pablo, remains hopeful about finding a new home in Contra Costa County after its landlord — Caltrans — notified the nonprofit it needs to make way for a planned highway project.

As the Standard reported in February, Caltrans notified Jelly’s Place it needs to relocate from its current home at 2905 San Pablo Dam Rd. due to a scheduled highway construction project slated to begin in December 2025, according to owner Julie Bainbridge. The highway project aims to widen and improve the on and off ramps of Interstate Highway 80 at San Pablo Dam Road.

Jelly’s Place has been leasing Caltrans’ property at a discounted rate for five years and can’t afford its proposals to purchase the property at auction or sign a long term lease at much higher rates, according to a new report this week by KCBS. “I can’t compete with high rentals. We don’t have that kind of money,” Bainbridge told the station, lamenting that she has been losing sleep over the issue.

Bainbridge has concerns over what pet parents—and their furry friends—will do without Jelly’s Place. The nonprofit wouldn’t be able to house the hundreds of animals it rescues each year from pet owner surrenders, injury, euthanasia, hoarding and overseas slaughters. Not to mention the loss of free vaccination clinics and assistance connecting to emergency vet care that it provides low-income pet parents.

Caltrans said it’s continuing communication with the nonprofit so it can find a replacement space as it makes highway improvements and uses Jelly’s Place to store construction materials when work likely begins in 2026, according to the KCBS report.

Ultimately, Jelly’s Place hopes the county or state comes to its rescue with property it could rent at a discount or that someone can donate space appropriate for pets. Her best wish is to locate a home that’s minimally an acre in size and zoned for agriculture.

Anyone who can help Jelly’s Place can reach Bainbridge at [email protected] or