Cearns says “One of my most passionate aims taking these animal portraits is to capture the adorable subtleties that make all creatures precious and unique. I love every beautiful animal I have the
privilege of photographing, but those perceived as “different” hold a special place in my heart. These are the creatures who have lost a leg, been born without eyes, or are still showing the scars of former abuse. Most animals with
“afflictions” don’t dwell on them. They adapt to their bodies without complaint and they survive with determination. These
unusual animals 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.”
This beautiful photo series is dedicated to Savannah and Rowdy. Both lived with dignity and joy (RIP).