updated 10/24/2011 AT 8:30 AM ET
•originally published 10/24/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
Photographer Carli Davidson was hanging out at an Oregon beach a few years ago when she saw a German shepherd playing fetch with his owner. The dog also happened to be in a wheelchair.
“The dog seemed perfectly happy, and they were happy hanging out with each other,” Davidson says. “It gave me the idea that I could create something that showed people we should keep animals around.”
So Davidson, whose work centers around animals, began the Pets with Disabilities Project, taking portraits of Portland-area pets that are blind or in wheelchairs, but are 100-percent happy.
“Aside from how I personally anthropomorphize these animals as being inspiring, they don’t really act different than other animals,” she says. “They’re totally just cats and dogs. It’s amazing to see how little they’re affected by their disabilities.”
See more of Davidson’s work on her Facebook page.
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