Dog licenses are required for all dogs six months of age or older. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license.

The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare is announcing several changes to dog licensing for 2017 that will benefit Delaware residents.

Senior citizens aged 65 and older who own dogs now will be offered a reduced rate for dogs that have been spayed or neutered. The rate is $7 annually, a 30 percent reduction on the regular price of $10 for spayed or neutered dogs. Licenses for unaltered dogs remain $15 per year for all applicants.

Licenses now are valid for one year from date of purchase, and no longer based on calendar year. This means no matter when the license is purchased, it will be valid for 12 months. Two- and three-year licenses are also available.

There are three new locations to its list retail licensing partners statewide where licenses can be purchased in person.

Dog owners can go to the Yarn and Bone Pet Supply store, 129 N. Main St., Suite 1, in Camden; their phone number is 302-423-8889.

Residents also may buy dog licenses online at petdata.com/delaware or through the mail by calling 877-730-6347 for an application.

Dog licenses are required for all dogs six months of age or older. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license. Rabies vaccinations are mandatory for dogs, cats and ferrets 6 months of age and older. Those who fail to license their dogs face fines of $50 or more.

The license fees support Animal Services, which works to reunite lost animals with owners, ensures care and placement of stray animals and enhances public safety.