A special gala will be held Sept. 22 to welcome a new K-9 to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit and to raise money for the training and care of the dogs.

K-9 Officer Colt will be welcomed at the the 6th annual Howlin Good Time Gala is hosted by the Friends of Douglas County K-9.

K-9 Officer Colt is a black and tan Belgian Malinois and his specialty is tracking. He also has training is narcotics detection and patrol work.

Douglas County K-9 officers are trained to apprehend, detect controlled substances, aid in SWAT operations and track people.

A K-9 officer can can cost nearly $40,000 over its lifetime. A new K-9 can cost $12,000 without training or safety equipment. Protective vests cost more than $2,000. In addition, retired dogs need care and rehabilitation to adjust to life outside the K-9 Unit.

The Howling Good Time Gala is at the Cielo Events Center at Castle Pines and runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The event will feature live auction items, including a trip to Ireland, a week-long Sun Valley Idaho getaway, two tickets to the Broncos/Raiders game and more.

All donations to the Friends of Douglas County K-9 and funds raised at The Howling Good Time Gala go to support Douglas County's K-9 Unit.

Find tickets to the gala here: http://bit.ly/2cr7nkj.

The Friends of Douglas County K-9 was started in 2011 as a way to offset the costs of purchasing and training dogs. Learn more about the organization, the Douglas County K-9 Unit or make donations here: http://k9friends.org/heroes/.