A BUMPER crowd can be expected for Bathurst's Million Paws Walk fundraiser next month after the nearby Orange event was cancelled.
A lack of volunteers and a clash of dates is being blamed for the Orange event not going ahead.
The event was due to be held at its usual venue, Endeavour Oval, before the Orange RSPCA branch discovered the venue had been double-booked.
Despite inquiries being made, an alternative venue was unable to be found.
Orange fundraising committee treasurer Gisela Deasey said the committee considered other venues but they didn't meet requirements and with only eight members in the ageing committee, there were not enough volunteers who could undertake the physical labour involved with the event.
Mrs Deasey said attendance and money raised at the event has also decreased in recent years.
"Five years ago it was worthwhile. Last year we put so much work into it with very little return," Mrs Deasey said.
The cancellation has led to disappointment for some regular participants, such as Laura Howarth, who has attended the event for the past four years with her pug, Evie.
"I was thinking about it and thinking that it was odd that there was no advertisement for it because I knew it was coming up soon," Miss Howarth said.
"It's a bit sad really. It's a shame, because it's a nice community event that you can get out to and take your friends and have a family day out."
The Million Paws Walk is held annually to raise money for the RSPCA.
Around 400 people and 300 dogs took part in the Bathurst walk last year, which were the biggest numbers in the event's 10-year history.
Last year's Bathurst event raised $2759 - which, again, was a record for the local event.
The Million Paws Walk will be held across NSW on May 19 and the closest event for those from Orange who want to participate will be at Bathurst.