I'm Tanya Irwin, animal welfare reporter for The Blade. I've been covering critter issues since November, 2011. I focus on the Lucas County Dog Warden, Toledo Area Humane Society, Toledo Zoo, Humane Ohio, and the plethora of rescue groups who do great things for our four-legged friends in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In case you haven’t figured it out, I am more than a reporter, I’m an animal lover. I have been a foster volunteer and transport driver for several rescue groups, most recently the Lucas County Pit Crew. Let’s just say I walk the talk when it comes to advocating for animals.