Photographer captures heart-warming snaps of disabled animals

On a mission to prove every animal is beautiful and deserving of a loving home is award-winning Australian photographer Alex Cearns.

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Constant eye issues resulted in Scrappy having both of them removed

Her heart-warming photo portrait series titled ‘Perfect Imperfection’ features dozens of disabled animals – some with missing limbs, missing eyes and skull injuries. The majority of the impairments are the result of natural causes – such as cancer or birth abnormalities – sadly some are the result of physical abuse and neglect.

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Kitten Rupert is missing one of his front legs

“To me, all animals are beautiful – able-bodied animals and those who have had a harder path to walk, with physical ailments,” said Alex.

“I always want people to see my subjects the same way. If a three-legged dog is the focus of my lens, I want to lead with the character of that dog, rather than dwell on his or her physical differences or limitations.”

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Puppy Louis only has one eye

From cats and dogs to birds, and even a young goat – Alex’s portraits not only highlight the beauty of each animal but also their ability to overcome their adversities.

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Kitten Nimh had both her eyes removed after complications at birth

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Left: Spike the Galah Cockatoo has a fused leg and, Right: Baby dove Hedwig had half his skull and one eye removed due to an infection

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A baby goat has a broken leg

“Animals are so stoic and they push forward regardless of what befalls them,” continued Alex.

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Puppy Pip suffers from the skin condition mange

“They always seem to see the bright side of everything and are grateful each and every day – especially dogs.”

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Barbara suffered brain and skull injuries due to abuse

“I admire the ‘Perfect Imperfection’ animals so much – for their determination, steely spirits and ability to move forward without complaint.”

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Like his namesake, Ray Charles is blind after being born with under developed eyes

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Rowdy had one of his front legs removed due to cancer

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