Abusers Are Losers
Joe begins his days at 4:30 a.m. in the gym — running, boxing and lifting weights. He prides himself on staying in shape. But his life wasn’t always driven by his passion for animal well-being, and he has six bullet holes to prove it. "I’ve had a lot of bad situations in my life. Over 10 years ago, I got set up and got shot five times. I learned a very, very valuable lesson. You really can’t trust anybody but, you know, I could trust my dog. He helped me out, so I’m returning the favor." Joe grew up in a very Italian neighborhood in Queens, where crime and survival were sometimes intermixed. And his trouble started early. But it is the six bullet holes that made Joe who he is today. Suffice it to say, Joe survived, and turned a corner after that night. Ten years later, he has different friends, different priorities and a new lease on life. While this experience made Joe who he is today, his new outlook on life is best summed up when you ask him who his hero is, he answers easily, his wife. Being a member of Rescue Ink allows Joe to give a voice to animals, no matter what the circumstances. And his past makes him fearless — and propels him into situations even animal control won’t confront.