By Ron Jones

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A state worker is hoping to save feral cats before they are washed away near the Tower Bridge in Sacramento.

Dave Johnson says he’s been doing this for about two years now, and he calls it his lifelong mission. He’s passionate about cats, especially those by the Tower Bridge.

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“They know my voice,” he said.

He supplies them with food, and makes sure they’re spayed or neutered.

But with rising water levels, he’s concerned about their survival. He’s set cages to trap them, hoping to get them to a shelter.

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“I was trying to do it, like, all week into the cages but they don’t go to the cages. They’re so smart,” he said.

But other critters aren’t so smart.

“Sometimes I get raccoons but I haven’t see them lately though but they’re here too,” he said.

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There are no stairs to get to the cats, and it’s about a 30- to 40-foot drop. He gets down with a two-story fire escape ladder and uses rappelling rope to tie around the cages to get them up.