I see so many animals come into the system when their owners must go into assisted living or nursing homes or even pass away. They mistakenly assume someone in the family will care for their beloved pet after they no longer can.
This is a great site with several options on things you can do to make sure your trusted companion is taken care of if you are no longer able to.
There is a lot of good information on different options. If you care about what happens to your pet, you should check this out.