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Williams home tour to feature six houses and help find homes for area dogs

Top row from left: Peggy Thomas, Lupe Miranda-Sapp, Pam Dreher, Carma Lee and Ringo Ashburn, Bottom row from left: Kerry-Lynn Moede and her dog Fritzy, Tracey Cerami and her dog Dude and Pat Anthony and her dog Roxy. Misha the dog is a little camera shy. The group is organizing a house tour set for Aug. 3 in Williams. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Top row from left: Peggy Thomas, Lupe Miranda-Sapp, Pam Dreher, Carma Lee and Ringo Ashburn, Bottom row from left: Kerry-Lynn Moede and her dog Fritzy, Tracey Cerami and her dog Dude and Pat Anthony and her dog Roxy. Misha the dog is a little camera shy. The group is organizing a house tour set for Aug. 3 in Williams. Ryan Williams/WGCN

People can explore local homes while helping find homes for stray animals at SAVE-Meant to Rescue's (MTR) second annual Tour of Homes.

This year's tour takes place Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features six houses. Proceeds from the tour will help SAVE-MTR build a local animal shelter, said tour chairwoman Peggy Thomas.

"There's so many needy animals in this area, well every area, but we're trying to meet our own needs here in this little town," Thomas said. "Hardly a month goes by that (SAVE-MTR founder Robynn Eckel) or one of us isn't handed some animals."

Thomas came up with the idea for the home tour after she joined the animal organization.

"I'm from California originally, and I've been going to home tours for years," she said. "So I just said, 'Williams doesn't do it, hmm. It'd be good for our animal rescue.'"

Attendees will receive a map of the homes and can do the tour in any order. This year the tour will feature a variety of homes.

"We have log cabins, we have small bungalows, we have new very modern homes out by the golf course, and we have the old wood house out by the Deer Farm, the one that's a winery now," Thomas said. She added that the historic Yellow House is on the tour again this year since it is now complete.

Thomas said she picked the homes for the tour through word of mouth and personal observation.

"I cruise around, and when something jumps out at me that I think it looks pretty interesting from the outside, then I leave a note or talk to the homeowners," she said.

About 77 people did the home tour last year, and Thomas is hoping for a larger turnout this year.

"It's good for public relations too, just for neighbor to get to know neighbor," she said.

But the primary goal of the home tour is to raise money for the animal shelter. SAVE-MTR members hope to break ground on the shelter within a year. Although several SAVE-MTR members take in stray animals, sometimes they run out of room.

"It does happen on occasion, we just can't take any more dogs," Thomas said. "But if we have a permanent location for them to be in, then we can take as many as come."

Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $25 per person and are available at any home on the tour or from Thomas at (928) 635-1571.

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