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

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

Ages 65 and older, who own dogs, will be offered a reduced rate for dogs that were 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 are valid for one year from date of purchase, and no longer based on calendar year. Two and three-year licenses also are available.

In August, OAW added three new locations to its list retail licensing partners statewide where licenses can be purchased in person.

Locations include Yarn and Bone Pet Supply Store, Suite 1, 129 N Main St., Camden; Millville Pet Stop, 607 Atlantic Ave.; Fenwick Pet Stop, 1200 Coastal Highway; Furbaby Boutique, 204 NE Front St., Milford; New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way; Brandywine Valley SPCA, 600 South St., New Castle; New London Veterinary Hospital, 437 New London Road, Newark; and Delaware Humane Association, 701 A St., Wilmington.

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

The OAW reminded dog owners that dog licenses are required by state law for all dogs 6 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.