Simone Biles in dog kennel to raise money for animal shelter
Simone Biles may be the GOAT, but Friday night, she spent part of her evening in the doghouse.
The four-time Olympic champion and 19-time World champion spent an hour in a dog kennel to raise money – and awareness – for the Abandoned Animal Rescue near her home in Houston, Texas.
"I feel like we should be a voice for all animals, just because they can't speak, and I feel like once we're a voice, it helps them," Biles told Click2Houston. "So, hopefully, tonight some of these dogs can get adopted. That's the plan."
Biles has long been a dog lover, growing up with multiple German shepherds including Lily who passed away earlier this year.
“there’s a special place in heaven for dogs...🐾 I love you Lily Biles,” she wrote at the time in a tribute post on Instagram.
In early 2018, Biles and boyfriend Stacey Ervin (a former U.S. gymnastics national team member) adopted Lilo, a Frenchie.
Lilo, of course, has her own Instagram account with nearly 40,000 followers and posts about her life, including her support of her superstar gymnast mom.
“GO SHOW ‘EM WHAT YOU CAN DO, MAMA! ❤️👑🥇🐐,” a post during October’s World Gymnastics Championships read with Lilo standing behind a sign wishing her mom good luck.
It sure did the trick as Biles became the most decorated female gymnast in history.