Rocker BRET MICHAELS has launched a fundraising drive to help save homeless pets over the festive period.

The animal-loving Poison star is encouraging fans to give a $25 (£16) donation to PetSmart Charities in the U.S. to help care for creatures without owners.

The money will be used to cover the cost of shelter space, food and veterinarian services required for animals waiting to be adopted.

Michaels says, "I was lucky enough to adopt my German shepherd, Tarkus Arlicicus, and I can't imagine what my life would be like without having pets around. By making a donation to PetSmart Charities this holiday, you will give a pet the second chance it deserves to find its lifelong home - and be a rock star to the pet lovers in your life."