Throughout the week, disaster response experts who led animal rescue efforts following Hurricane Katrina returned to Louisiana to train emergency responders on how to rescue animals in future disasters.

The weeklong event, held in Gonzales, coincides with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Many rescued animals and emergency responders were housed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales after Katrina.

Approximately 250,000 dogs and cats were displaced or died as a result of Hurricane Katrina, a news release said.

Boot camp instructors included experts from the American Humane Association, ASPCA, Code 3 Associates Inc., International Fund for Animal Welfare, Louisiana State Animal Response Team, LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, RedRover, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs.