George Clooney has adopted a dog for his parents.
The 'Monuments Men' star - who owns three rescue pooches himself with wife Amal - heard about the plight of Nate the terrier, who was born with birth defects that affect the way he walks, and had not found a home in the nine months he spent at LuvFurMutts, a shelter in Ohio, and decided to take him for Nick and Nina Clooney, whose own canine companion had recently passed away.
A post on the organisation's Facebook page read: "When we took Nate to adoption events, people would stare and kids would point. Several people applied to adopt him but then said no when they met him. He was with us 9 months.
"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."
George arranged to have Nate delivered to his parents in Kentucky on Christmas Eve (24.12.15) and they were thrilled with the new addition to their household.
The post continued: "All details were handled by George's very efficient personal assistant, Angel. Angel said George picked Nate out, then showed him to his Mom, Nina, on YouTube. She watched his video over and over and she fell in love. He then asked his Father Nick how he felt about the way Nate walks and he replied 'I guess it sounds like he gets around just as good as we do anymore...'
"Nina cried a little when she opened the door and Nate was put into her arms. She was very surprised. She cried a little again when she read the card from George, Amal and Angel saying they wanted her to have Nate to enjoy Christmas with."
And the kindly actor and his lawyer wife also made a generous donation to the facility.
The post read: "We want to thank George and Amal Clooney for adopting Nate and their donation to LuvFurMutts that covered more than Nate's previous surgery expenses.
"They had no idea of those previous surgeries nor did we know Nate's heroes the Clooneys would be coming soon when Nate had the procedures. What a gift!"