Just three months ago, George and Amal Clooney made news headlines for adopting a 4-year-old Basset Hound named Millie from the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society in Southern California. The couple didn’t even send one of their people to pick up Millie after they fell in love with her picture and story on Petfinder — they went to the shelter in person (bringing along their rescue dog Louie), much to the delight of employees and visitors.
“It definitely added to the excitement on one of our busiest afternoons when we do vaccinations for the public,” shelter spokeswoman Lynn Collmann told the Huffington Post.
Now another lucky shelter dog is in a forever home, thanks to George Clooney.
Nate, a scruffy terrier with birth defects who was rescued from a hoarding situation, was having a really difficult time getting adopted from LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue in Fairfield, Ohio.
“When we took Nate to adoption events, people would stare and kids would point,” the rescue wrote on its website. “Several people applied to adopt him but then said no when they met him. … The lowest point came when an adopter cried when she met him and said she would be depressed the rest of her life if she had to look at him every day.”
LuvFurMutts saw Nate as “a handsome, charming, sweet and normal little boy” — and so did Clooney.
A beloved 10-year-old terrier belonging to his parents, Nick and Nina Clooney, died last year. After viewing Nate’s video, Clooney thought the dog would make a perfect Christmas present for the couple.
“What is impressive is the fact that George picked Nate out, and Nick and Nina accepted Nate just the way he is,” wrote LuvFurMutts. “They could have any dog in the world, but they chose to adopt a dog who was crippled and could have been with LuvFurMutts for life.”
Not only did Clooney adopt Nate, but he also made a donation to LuvFurMutts to cover the cost of the dog’s previous surgeries.
Nate was delivered to Clooney’s parents on Christmas Eve by Carol Roberts, founder of LuvFurMutts.
“To say we were startled would be an understatement,” Nick Clooney told radio station WCPO, adding that it seemed more like Nate adopted them rather than vice versa.
“A wonderful way to find a certain part of your life completed in a way that cannot be touched in any other fashion,” said Nate’s new dog dad.
Nate “will be spoiled to death for the rest of his life,” LuvFurMutts wrote. “From fighting to get food in his belly each day to being the only fur baby of two of the most wonderful people in Augusta, Ky.
“It’s truly a fairy tale ending for Prince Nate…or should we say, a perfect Hollywood movie ending!”
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