There may be nothing we can do to prevent the AKC from recognizing the Border Collie, even if the ones they "recognize" will soon be unrecognizable to those of us who have known and loved the breed over the years. There may be little we can do apart from public education to minimize confusion over which dogs are the "real" Border Collies. But there IS something that all of us can do toward saving the breed we love--DON'T REGISTER WITH THE AKC!
As the AKC kept reminding everyone during the dog wars, nobody needs to register a dog with them. What, after all, can they contribute? The Border Collie became the dog it is today without being registered with the AKC, and it will continue on as the dog it is today outside the AKC. Over time, the dogs registered with the AKC will be bred to conform to the AKC appearance standard and the show-ring fashions of the day. They will be bred by AKC breeders who want to win dog shows, and who know nothing about the qualities that have made the Border Collie breed what it is. They will change into a different breed. At the same time, breeders who value the Border Collie for what it is will continue breeding for the same qualities they have always sought, and they will have no reason to seek AKC registration or to merge their dogs with the AKC show dogs.
If you wish to participate in AKC performance events with your dog, you can do so without registering, by using ILP numbers previously obtained, or by getting new ILP numbers on neutered dogs. By the same token, if you are looking for a Border Collie to buy, don't buy a pup (or older dog) that is registered with the AKC. Buy from a reputable breeder who has demonstrated understanding of and concern for the breed by registering with one of the Border Collie registries instead.
Breeders who wish to ensure that pups they breed will not be registered with AKC can include a prohibition in their sales contract. One breeder who cared used the following provision: "The Seller will register the puppy with the American Border Collie Association, Inc., and provide the registration papers to the Buyer. The Buyer and Seller agree that the Buyer shall not register the puppy or permit the puppy to be registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Because the parties recognize that precise damages for breach of this provision might be difficult to ascertain, the parties hereby agree that the Buyer will be liable for damages in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) in the event of any breach by the Buyer of this provision of the Agreement."
Remember, the AKC does not "have" the Border Collie. The AKC only "has" those dogs that are registered with AKC. You can keep your dog in the working Border Collie gene pool and out of the AKC gene pool by registering with one of the working Border Collie registries, and NOT with the AKC.