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COLERAIN TWP., Ohio — George Clooney is sharing the story of why he decided to adopt Nate, a handicapped dog from Ohio that no one wanted.
Nate the terrier was originally rescued from his former owner, who was described as a hoarder. He has a birth defect that affects his leg, and no one wanted to adopt him. He stayed at Luv For Mutts, a rescue group in Fairfield.
Clooney and his wife, Amal, adopted Nate for Clooney’s parents for Christmas. The little dog’s story went viral last month.
Clooney said in a recent interview with ETOnline.com that he took in Nate to help his parents find a way to heal after losing another dog. Clooney said his parents had to put their beloved dog to sleep and were heartbroken.
“I kept saying to my dad, ‘You’re going to adopt another dog,’ because they’ve always sort of found them wandering on the street. And he said, ‘No, no, never again. I’m done with this.’ So I knew they needed a dog and he wasn’t going to take one,” Clooney told ET Online.
He saw videos online of Nate, and that’s when he decided what would help his parents along.
“I called the lady up and I said, ‘On Christmas Eve, can you deliver this dog to my parents’ house?’ Because what are [they] going to do, kick a handicapped dog out of the house?” he told ET Online.
Now, Clooney said the little guy is famous in his parents’ hometown of Augusta, Kentucky.
“He’s gone from a shelter in Cincinnati to fame,” said Clooney. “Much like I did, really. They brought him on and now he’s the love of their lives. They love him.”