The Thunder Bay animal shelter is offering a cut-rate fee for adopting longer-term feline tenants.

Those cats can be adopted for $50 instead of the usual $200.

Shelter manager Jody Kondrat said many of the cats are still there because of their colour.

Quinn the cat

During the Thunder Bay Animal Shelter's “Love an Experienced Cat” adoption event, people can adopt a cat for a discounted rate. Pictured is Quinn, a one- or two-year-old domestic long-haired black/white neutered male. (Supplied)

“It's very common in animal shelters that black cats — and black dogs — are usually the last to be adopted,” she said.

“I guess, when people are looking at cats, maybe they're looking at orange cats, tabbies. Maybe they're looking for a white cat so, [the blacks ones] are often overlooked.”

The cut-rate adoption fee is in effect until Nov. 22.

The fee covers spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, parasite treatment, six weeks of complimentary pet insurance, some food and toys.

Beckham the cat

Beckham is an eight-year-old neutered male cat. (Supplied)

"Senior cats, while mature and well-socialized, are often overlooked by adopters because of their age," Kondrat added.

“Older cats are great for first-time pet owners or people who do not have the time or energy to deal with frisky kittens. When well cared for, senior cats can be a source of love and companionship for many years to come."

 The shelter’s reduced fee program runs until Nov. 22.

For more information, or to see the latest animals available for adoption, click on the link to Thunder Bay Animal Services at the left of the story.