Seeing the Beauty in Imperfection – Portraits of Animals with Disabilities

Based on an original photo series launched on Bored Panda, these portraits of perfectly imperfect animals will uplift and inspire, finding a special place in your heart with their ability to overcome physical adversity. Alex Cearns artfully captures their intrinsic beauty and spirit; their sweetness, resilience, and strength. “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 and I have the privilege of photographing, but those perceived as different hold a special place in my heart. These are the canines who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse,” said Cearns. “Most animals with “afflictions” don’t dwell on them. 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. They need the same love as any other pet, and give the same love as any other pet – and they each have value as sentient beings.” Anyone who needs a hit of inspiration from an uplifting read there is also Cearns’ book “Perfect Imperfection – Dog portraits of Resilience”, where he complied over 60 canine images and of course you can follow him on Instagram.

Beau was taken in as a stray and had the tips of his ears resected when he developed skin cancer.


Rescue kitten Nimh had both eyes removed after complications from the birth.

Clarey, who was adopted from SAFE Perth – it was then discovered she didn’t have any eyes.

Bali Pip, a puppy with mange who was rescued by the Bali Animal Welfare Association.


Jakk was dumped as a 1-day old puppy. Several of his leg bones didn’t grow properly. He was taken in by WA Pet Project and received a custom set of wheels.

Penny and her puppies were taken in by the RSPCA WA. They had mange at the time, but their fur soon grew back as good as new.

Angel was adopted through Perth Chihuahua Rescue. She is blind in one eye.

Tiki was rescued from a backyard breeder. He had a badly broken leg, which was later amputated.


Julius was taken in as a stray and had his eye removed when he developed a cancerous tumor.

Jaffa was adopted from the Dogs’ Refuge Home of WA and later had her leg removed after being accidentally hit by a car.

Peaches was adopted from HAART and had her eye removed when she developed acute glaucoma.

Scrappy was found running across a freeway. His eyes were removed when his sight deteriorated and his health was being impacted.


Randal the Echidna was taken in by Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary when he lost his foot in a dog attack.

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