“She had been alone under the shed for at least eight hours,” Burke told The Dodo. “We dug to get her out. Her face and mouth was covered in dirt, with dirt all inside her throat. She was coughing and wheezing.”
Burke and her mom rushed the tiny, sick kitten, whom they later named Gemma, into the house and began cleaning her up and trying to feed her. They realized the poor kitten had been eating rocks and dirt to try and survive, which had made her even sicker than she already was. By the time they found her and got her inside, the humane society and local veterinarians were already closed, so they stayed up all night with Gemma, doing everything they could think of to try and save her life.