Prior to his own Christmas miracle, things were not looking good for Nate the terrier.

Rescued by the animal nonprofit LuvFurMutts from a hoarder with 22 dogs, Nate was born with birth defects, a barrel chest, and a leg that swayed. Despite his sweet demeanor and the organization's efforts to patch him up, people still said no to adopting him. One potential adopter cried when she met him, openly telling LuvFurMutts that "she would be depressed the rest of her life if she had to look at him every day."

LuvFurMutts Nate the terrier, shown here after surgery to help fix his leg. (Photo: LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue)

That was the low point, but then ... cue the hopeful cinematic score ... Nate the terrier and his tale of woe flashed across the computer screen of George and Amal Clooney.

"Little did we know someone had been ogling over him for a while, watching his videos and reading his profile, and Nate was about to get a very special Christmas surprise!" the rescue organization shared.

LuvFurMutts was contacted by George's personal assistant, who said the actor had heard Nate's story and thought the dog might be the perfect match for his parents, Nick and Nina. When the pair watched the videos of the crippled pup, they agreed. "I guess it sounds like he gets around just as good as we do anymore,” Nick reportedly joked.

Clooney then secretly arranged to have LuvFurMutts deliver Nate to his parents' door on Christmas Eve.

"Nina cried a little when she opened the door and Nate was put into her arms," the group shared. "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."

In addition to saving a dog no one else wanted, George Clooney also made a donation to the organization that more than covered Nate's surgeries. This act of kindness is just one of many from the actor in support of rescue dogs over the years.

"Our Nate is loved and in his forever home and will be spoiled to death for the rest of his life," said LuvFurMutts. "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 fairytale ending for Prince Nate."

LuvFurMutts Meet the new Nate Clooney. (Photo: LuvFurMutts Animal Rescue)

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Crippled rescue dog finds forever home with Clooney family
The troubled life of Nate the terrier gets a Hollywood ending thanks to George and Amal Clooney.