There used to be a dog in my neighborhood who had a spinal cord injury and needed a specially-made wheelchair for his back legs so that he could get around. My aunt’s dog now only has three legs after she was hit by a car. When looking at these animals, one can’t help seeing their disabilities. Australian photographer Alex Cearns of Houndstooth Studio decided that animals such as these would be the perfect subject of her latest photography series.
“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,” Cearns said, according to Bored Panda. “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. 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.”
To see more of Cearns’ photographs, visit her Facebook page.