11 Rescue Animals That Deserve All The Love

Alex Cearns photographs more than 900 pets each year, but the ones that mean the most to her are those that are "different." Her project Perfect Imperfection celebrates the beauty of animals, especially those that suffer from disabilities — dogs without eyes, cats with three legs, and animals who have survived abuse.

"Most animals with ‘afflictions’ don’t dwell on them," Cearns, who is based in Perth, Australia, says in a statement. "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."

Cearns' Houndstooth Studio works with 50 animal charity organizations, photographing rescued creatures from around the world. "The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me," Cearns says. "They make the most out of life... From them, I have learned so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up."

Ahead, a glimpse at Cearns' latest series, which is dedicated to Savannah and Rowdy — may they rest in peace.
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Hannah, a three-legged greyhound, was rescued by Greyhound Angels WA. She now lives in Western Australia.
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Grey is a three-legged puppy, rescued by the Bali Animal Welfare Association. Grey's leg broke and subsequently had to be removed; an Indonesian family has adopted the pup.
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Mia is blind, but she still greets people at the Bali Animal Welfare Association shop in Ubud, Bali, where she lives.
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This baby goat, who now lives on a farm, had a broken leg and was adopted from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Western Australia.
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Louie, who only has one eye, is now a beloved family pet, Cearns says.
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Rupert, a three-legged rescue kitten, has been adopted and now lives with five dogs and several other cats.
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Pip, who suffers from severe mange (a skin disease caused by parasitic mites), was rescued by the Bali Animal Welfare Association. Pip has since been adopted by a BAWA employee.
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Spike also suffered from mange; he was found by Best Friends Animal Rescue. Spike now lives with two other dogs in Perth, Western Australia.
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After dealing with constant eye issues, Scrappy had to have both eyes removed. The 10-year-old pup is now a family pet in Perth.
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Savannah was a beloved Rottweiler who had to have her front leg amputated due to an aggressive cancer. She had a groundbreaking implant placed into the bone of her leg. Sadly, she passed away a few weeks ago from the cancer. This series is partially dedicated to her.
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Rowdy also had a leg removed to try and prevent the spread of cancer; she passed away not long afterwards, Cearns says. This series is also dedicated to Rowdy.
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