A little puppy spent several hours in surgery Wednesday to try to get a little bit of her life back after being shot in the face months ago.

Ava is now 7 months old, but she’s had to spend the past two months with a bullet in her head. Finally, she’s getting it removed.

It’s been a hard few weeks of her very short life.

“Ava was shot straight in the face at point blank range. We have no idea who did it, or why they would do that," said Miranda Hitchcock with Houston Pets Alive.

It was a heartless act on a helpless victim.

“But this little five month old puppy had her eye shot out, and she still has a bullet in her," said Hitchcock.

For weeks, the bullet has been lodged in Ava’s body.

“And try and do some repairs so that she can eat a little easier, balance a little better and hopefully get some of her hearing back and things like that," said Hitchcock.

Through donations, the non-profit is footing the bill, which is about $6,000.

“We can't change the past, and we’re not here to investigate crimes. There are great agencies that do that, our goal is to make sure that each one of these pets have a great second chance and a great rest of their life," said Hitchcock.

Ava isn’t the only pup getting a second chance though. Inside the vacant supermarket, between aisles one through 13, sit over 200 dogs, who are looking to get a new lease on life.

The rescue center started as a temporary shelter during Hurricane Harvey, but it’s still there, taking in the animals who are slated to be euthanized at other Houston shelters.

“Try and help the ones that we think would die otherwise and make sure that they get the chance that they deserve," said Hitchcock.

Ava may already have a foster home to go to, but all of the other animals at the shelter are looking for a new home.

You can also help by donating to the shelter. You can do that by clicking here.