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Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs —  "the ones that are here and the ones that aren’t here anymore" — after his best actor win at the Golden Globes Sunday night for his impressive role in "The Wrestler."

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

Now, Rourke is posing with his Chihuahua, Jaws, in PETA’s new spay and neutercampaign.

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 website.

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.

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"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 tenderly cuddled my 5-month-old Maltese puppy, Timmy, at left, during a “Wrestler” junket interview at the Four Seasons a few weeks ago. Admittedly, Timmy did look a little muttro-sexual in his pale pink sweater.

Kissing little Timmy, Rourke reassured the pup, “It’s OK, dude. We’ll change your name.” 

Yeah, like the name Mickey is so darn macho. I wanted to say that but didn’t because even though the actor seemed gentle enough, you just never know when someone might get vicious and bite your head off.

Anyway, you gotta love a man who loves — really loves — his dogs.

Click here to see Mickey Rourke, Jaws and Loki at home.

And hey, did Mickey really make out with Bai Ling at the Chateau Marmont the other night?

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Top photo: PETA

Bottom photo: Timmy. Credit: Elizabeth Snead