Beebe Healthcare announced that pet therapy is being offered to patients at Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Beebe Healthcare offers pet therapy for patients, visitors and team members. This alternative therapy has been shown to decrease blood pressure and improve even short hospital visits for patients and visitors. In addition, having a dog visit team members has been shown to greatly reduce stress.

Beebe is working with PAWS for People, a Wilmington-based nonprofit pet therapy organization that recruits, trains, certifies and places therapy teams in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The PAWS organization helps coordinate teams at more than 130 locations, which now includes Beebe Healthcare in Lewes and Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center near Rehoboth Beach.

All of the dogs and handlers have gone through specific training courses for health care visitations.

For information, call 645-3531 or visit pawsforpeople.org.