Actor Pierce Brosnan is backing a new campaign to reduce the number of dogs and cats who end up in shelters.

The former Bond star has teamed up with Tv dog behaviourist Cesar Millan to help raise awareness of the importance of having pets neutered and spayed to stop unwanted pooches from being put down.

Brosnan has designed artwork for vehicle licence plates to raise funds for the cause, with profits from the sales going towards programs throughout the state of California.

Milan explains, "The most humane way not to kill a dog is to spay and neuter. When we kill four to five million dogs nationally per year, what that says about our behaviour is that we have become a disposable society. To me, a spay and neuter campaign is just as important as the Buckle Up campaign; it saves lives."