HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A hurricane cowboy is taking America by storm as he saves animals trapped after hurricanes.
Patrick McKann got the “Hurricane Cowboy” name after rescuing animals that were in danger during Hurricane Harvey.
Since then, he’s gone to other areas hit hard by deadly storms, like Hurricane Florence. The Virginia horse trainer and his team are gearing up to hit the road again, this time to save animals in Hurricane Michael’s path.
“This is who we are, this is what we do,” McKann told 8News. McKann and his team say they live the cowboy way.
“We just want to help people and that’s what you’re supposed to do is live by the golden rule, helping others,” he said.
McKann has new tires for his truck and trailer, his canoe, life jackets, water waiters and of course his rope.
“And now we’re looking at Michael. Really learning to hate September and October,” McKann told 8News.
He travels where hurricanes hit to save large farm animals like horses and cows. McKann’s first trip was to Southwest Texas for Hurricane Harvey.
“The way we treat it like a military operation. We go in, do a 30-second huddle, figure out what our mission is and go to work,” he explained.
The Hurricane Cowboy even rode through flood-ravaged areas of the Carolinas to rescue abandoned animals in Hurricane Florence’s aftermath. McKann said it was like a wild west war zone.
“When we were in Florence and leaving horses out, there were some snakes that kind of crossed in front of us and the water would bubble up in front of you and you wonder if it’s a gator under there.”
None of this scares McKann, who says he’s just a cowboy doing his job.
“We’re just gonna keep doing what we do,” he said.
Hurricane Cowboy says he will wait until the hurricane passes through before making his way to the Florida Panhandle.
McKann says he uses his own resources to save animals that otherwise could be killed. He has set up a GoFundMe page if you would like to support him and his team.