From dogs with three legs to cats without eyes, the Perfect Imperfection photo series celebrates the intrinsic beauty of animals who have overcome adversity and adapted to a physical impairment. All of these animals were rescued from their former lives and given a second chance by kind and caring humans.

Photographed with care and sensitivity by leading Australian animal photographer, Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio, each image leads with the beauty of the animal subject, making their physical issue almost a subtle afterthought.

Based on an original photo series launched on Bored Panda, these portraits of perfectly imperfect dogs will uplift and inspire, finding a special place in your heart with their ability to overcome physical adversity. 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 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," says 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."

"The tenacity of animals to overcome adversity never ceases to amaze me. They make the most out of life and from them I have learned so much about always seeing the positive in every situation and never giving up.”

Cearns complied over 60 canine images into 'Perfect Imperfection - Dog portraits of Resilience', a book for everyone who loves dogs; fans of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, or of seeing the beauty in imperfection; and anyone who needs a hit of inspiration from an uplifting read.

If you want to see some more pictures from this photographer click here or here!

More info: amazon.com | houndstoothstudio.com.au | Instagram | twitter.com | houndstoothstudio.com.au | Facebook

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Randal The Echidna Was Taken In By Bonoring Wildlife Sanctuary When He Lost His Foot In A Dog Attack

Randal The Echidna Was Taken In By Bonoring Wildlife Sanctuary When He Lost His Foot In A Dog Attack

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glowworm2
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5 months ago

Oh my gosh! He's adorable!

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Beau Was Taken In As A Stray And Had The Tips Of His Ears Resected When He Developed Skin Cancer

Beau Was Taken In As A Stray And Had The Tips Of His Ears Resected When He Developed Skin Cancer

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victor leon
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5 months ago

Such a hanssome cat..bedroom eyes.

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Rescue Kitten Nimh Kitten Nimh Had Both Eyes Removed After Complications From The Birth

Rescue Kitten Nimh Kitten Nimh Had Both Eyes Removed After Complications From The Birth

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Felix Feline
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5 months ago

Beautiful cat!

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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

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

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
5 months ago

ahhh that is too cute

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Tiki Was Rescued From A Backyard Breeder. He Had A Badly Broken Leg, Which Was Later Amputated

Tiki Was Rescued From A Backyard Breeder. He Had A Badly Broken Leg, Which Was Later Amputated

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
5 months ago

still cute as ever!!

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Julius Was Taken In As A Stray And Had His Eye Removed When He Developed A Cancerous Tumor

Julius Was Taken In As A Stray And Had His Eye Removed When He Developed A Cancerous Tumor

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Kai Wendorf
Community Member
5 months ago

My cat has diabetes. Wouldn't work here though unless it was me giving him an insulin shot. This is pretty sad though. I love cats a lot

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Bali Pip, A Puppy With Mange Who Was Rescued By The Bali Animal Welfare Association

Bali Pip, A Puppy With Mange Who Was Rescued By The Bali Animal Welfare Association

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
5 months ago

don't be embarrass little buddy

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Clarey, Who Was Adopted From Safe Perth - It Was Then Discovered She Didn't Have Any Eyes

Clarey, Who Was Adopted From Safe Perth - It Was Then Discovered She Didn't Have Any Eyes

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
5 months ago

so fricken cuuute

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Jaffa Was Adopted From The Dogs' Refuge Home Of Wa And Later Had Her Leg Removed After Being Accidentally Hit By A Car

Jaffa Was Adopted From The Dogs' Refuge Home Of Wa And Later Had Her Leg Removed After Being Accidentally Hit By A Car

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Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
5 months ago

god they are still the best...

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Angel Was Adopted Through Perth Chihuahua Rescue. She Is Blind In One Eye

Angel Was Adopted Through Perth Chihuahua Rescue. She Is Blind In One Eye

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littlesaresare
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like she also has micropthalmia?

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Scrappy Was Found Running Across A Freeway. His Eyes Were Removed When His Sight Deteriorated And His Health Was Being Impacted

Scrappy Was Found Running Across A Freeway. His Eyes Were Removed When His Sight Deteriorated And His Health Was Being Impacted

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Sean Reynolds
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5 months ago

High five

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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

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

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Lazy Farmer
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5 months ago

I need them all! đź’•

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Peaches Were Adopted From Haart And Had Her Eye Removed When She Developed Acute Glaucoma

Peaches Were Adopted From Haart And Had Her Eye Removed When She Developed Acute Glaucoma

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
5 months ago

I still see you

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