The Golden Globe winner and his Chihuahua, Jaws, star in a new spay and neuter campaign

By Eunice Oh
Updated January 14, 2009 06:00 PM

First, Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs after his Best Actor win at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony for his role in The Wrestler.

Now, Rourke is posing with his pup in a new spay and neuter campaign.

Cradling his Chihuahua, Jaws, in PETA’s new ad, the actor urges people to “have the cojones to fix your dog. When dogs get knocked up, puppies get put down because there aren’t enough homes for them.”

“I became a little more aware of how many dogs are abandoned or put to sleep each week – it’s staggering,” Rourke, 56, says in a video posted on PETA’s Web site.

Instead of purchasing dogs at a pet store, something the actor says he is “guilty of” doing in the past, he encourages people to spay or neuter their pets to prevent overcrowding at animal shelters.

“The most important thing about having a dog and loving a dog is keeping the dog its whole natural life,” says Rourke, who adds that “you have a responsibility to communicate with your animal how much he means to you.”

Rourke did just that on Sunday when he thanked all of his dogs – “the ones that are here and the ones that aren’t here anymore” – during his Globes acceptance speech.

“Sometimes when a man is alone, that’s all you ve got is your dog,” he said. “They meant the world to me.”