Photographer Captures The Beauty And Determination Of Rescued Pets With Disabilities

From dogs with three legs, to cats born without eyes, photographer Alex Cearns wanted to celebrate the beauty of pets who have overcome adversity.

“One of my most passionate aims as an animal photographer is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every animal I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as ‘different’ hold a special place in my heart,” says Alex. “These are the creatures who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse.”

Scrappy has no eyes

Scrappy-no eyes

In her series “Perfect Imperfection”, you’ll meet many rescued pets who have had surgeries for illnesses like cancer, leading to the removal of a limb or eyes in order to prolong their lives. But as you’ll see in Alex’s photos below, the animals are as beautiful as ever.

Pip is recovering from mange


“Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them,” Alex writes. “They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. They push on, always, wanting to be included and involved in everything as much as they can, and as much as an able bodied pet does.”

Snoopy has three legs

Snoopy-3 legs

Alex shared her photos with and has dedicated her series to Savannah and Rowdy, two pets who lived with dignity and joy, as do other special needs pets the world over.

Here are some more of her photos:

Andie is recovering from mange


Baby Goat had a broken leg and is with the RSPCA

Baby_Goat_RSPCA_ brokenleg

Rescued kitten was born without eyes

Bali_Rescue_Kitten _born_without_eyes

Barbara has crushed skull

Barbara _crushed skull

Grey has three legs


Hannah has three legs

Hannah1_3 legs

Hedwig had half skull removed due to infection


Jack has one eye


Louie has one eye


Mia is blind


Savannah had an implant for a prosthetic leg because of cancer. Rest in Peace.


Tyson has 3 legs


Spike is a pink and grey Galah with a fused leg


Spike is recovering from mange


Rupert has three legs


Rowdy with three legs. Rest in Peace.


Ray Charles was born with underdeveloped eyes.


Oopmah is recovering from mange


Nimh has no eyes

Nimh _noeyes

Photographs published with permission from Alex Cearns.

See more of Alex’s work on Facebook and at her website.

Please share these photos with your friends and spread the word about how special pets with disabilities are!

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